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SECOND SERIES A.D. 1600-1617 

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fTlHE publication of this second series of Wills, or, to speak quite 
-■- accurately. Abstracts of Wills, has been delayed, longer than 
I could have wished, owing to various causes ; and I feel that some 
explanation is due to those who have been good enough to take an 
interest in it, so that they may understand why so short a period, 
comparatively speaking, is covered by this volume, and why the 
number of Wills given is so much smaller than that in the first series. 
The fact is I found on reading two reviews of my work, which 
appeared in Lincolnshire Notes and Queries, and The Genealogist, 
respectively, that an objection was urged against Abstracts of Wills, 
on the ground of their incompleteness, and their being, in this case, 
only Abstracts of Wills selected from the Lincoln Begistry. 

I take this to mean that any one engaged in tracing the pedigree 
of a Lincolnshire family of good position would feel no assurance 
that I had exhausted the Wills of that family, between 1500 and 
1600, and that therefore he would have to come to Lincoln, and 
search in person, to be quite certain that none had been omitted. 

I can only say in reply that, to the best of my belief, no Will 
•of any person of gentle birth in this county has been passed over 
by me. I did not merely glance at the index and select such names 
as seemed to me to promise interesting Wills, but I read through 
each volume separately, looking at each Will so as to assure myself 
of the condition of the testator. I certainly did not trouble myself 
to read through a Will where the testator was obviously of humble 
rank, unless I saw some reason for doing so ; but I can safely say I 
read carefully every Will made by an " esquire," a " gentleman," or 
a " clerk'' j and any one who looks at the first series will see that I 
did not neglect the yeomanry. 



As regards the unsatisfiEtctory incompleteness of an abstract, as 
compared with an entire transcript, may I ask my critics whether 
there is any special value attached to legal forms and technical 
phrases which occur over and over again 1 Most one really, to 
make the work of value to a genealogist, or county historian, 
laboriously transcribe every "give and bequeath "1 Must one 
repeat, over and over again, the formula of an entail, when the 
testator has, say, half-a-dozen sons ) Is it necessary to copy out, 
In every case, the very common exordium, " In the Name of God. 
Amen." 9 May we not write " xxs. " instead of " twenty shillings."] 

I am quite open to conviction, but at present I must hold to 
my opinion that so long as the substance of a Will is given, i.e., all 
the really important part, then the abstract will prove quite as 
valuable to the future county historian as a literal transcript, which 
would contain a great deal of useless verbiage which he would not 
care to print. I do not of course pretend to think that in the case 
of researches into a private fan\ily-history, for the purpose of, 
perhaps, printing the pedigree, a genealogist would be satisfied with 
such a work as mine. He would probably require proof positive 
that no possible Will had been passed by, and the family, whose 
pedigree he was investigating, would naturally treasure every word 
in every ancestral Will ; but, obviously, in such a case, a visit to 
the fountain-head is inevitable. All I claim for these volumes is 
that for ordinary purposes they give a fairly accurate view of 
Lincolnshire families in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, 
and in this way may prove serviceable to the future county histoiian. 

In deference, however, to the criticism I have mentioned, I have, 
in this second series, considerably enlarged the abstracts, making 
them more of the character of the lestamenta EborcLcensia of the 
Surtees Society (which I must remind my critics are not always 
entire transcripts), but I have necessarily been obliged to curtail 
the period of years considerably, so as to keep the volume within 
due bounds. 

One more criticism I must notice, which appeared in both the 
reviews I have alluded to, and which makes me say what I never 
did say, or intended to say. 


In my Introductory Sketch, before offering remarks on the 
Lincolnsliire County Families, I mentioned that I had left out 
" those Families that are of Baronial rank ; whose pedigrees are to 
be found in Dugdale, and in Burke's Extinct Peeragey* etc. I think 
my meaning in this ought to be pretty clear, and the reason given 
sufficient. But to my dismay I found that my reviewers took this 
to mean that I had left out all Wills of Baronial Families, etc. 1 A 
very different thing. I certainly consider it would have been most 
unnecessary on my part to have given sketches of Baronial races 
abeady fully set forth in works of reference, but lean assure my critics 
that had any of these Wills come to light in the Lincoln Eegistry, 
I should have transcribed them with the greatest care and pleasure. 

I will now turn to the subject I have in hand, and, first, I take 
this opportunity of correcting some mistakes into which I was led, 
by over haste and insufficient care, in my first series. 

I owe an apology to the Irby family for what I said touching 
their pedigree, though I think most genealogists would have said 
the same as I did^ under a similar misapprehension. For who 
would ever have guessed that the Carhy family, whose pedigree is 
given in the Visitation of 1562, is really the Irby% 

To a Lincolnshire man the process by which this identification 
is reached is intelligible. The provincial mode of pronouncing Irby 
(certainly in the east of the county) is, Earby. We may suppose 
that the Herald who visited Lincolnshire in 1562 wrote the name 
in his books, and spelt it as he heard it pronounced, Earby. A 
careless copyist mistook the E for a C, and wrote it Carby, possibly 
thinking it a local name connected with the parish of Careby. 
Hence the blunder I committed in saying that no pedigree of the 
Irby fiamily is given in either Visitation of the 16th century. 
My attention was called by a correspondent to the remarkable 
resemblance between the Carby pedigree, as given in the Visitation^ 
and the Irby pedigree in Thompson's History of Boston, I there- 
fore gladly retract what I wrote, and now express my full belief in 
the genuineness of the Irby pedigree, though I take leave to question 
whether the Irby from which the family derives its name is Irby- 
in-the-Marsh, near Burgh ; I am inclined to think the cradle of the 


race was the more northern Irhy-on-Humher, seeing that an early 
intermarriage took place with the De la Lyndes, who were seated 
at Laceby, which is contiguous to the more northern parish. 

Again, at pa. zxi\j my ignorance as to whether any of Major 
Colegrave's (formerly Manby) descendants still exist has been 
enlightened. I am informed that such is the case. 

In the sketch, at page xxv, of the Welby family, of Denton, I 
allude to the rapid rise of the family into the ranks of the gentry 
during the Commonwealth as " quite unparalleled except in the case 
of the Trollopes." This is not strictly accurate. It is perfectly 
true that neither family can be called "gentle" before the 
17th century, if the evidence of Wills and Heraldic Visitations is 
worth anything ; but as the " Commonwealth " did not begin till 
1649 it is not correct to say that the Trollopes rose into the ranks 
of the gentry during that period, as they became owners of the 
manor of Casewick as early as 1621, when on the 5th April Sir 
James Evington, Knt., of Casewick, sold that estate to William 
Trollope, of Bourn, and Thoi^as his son. I may take the liberty 
of correcting here an error of Sir Bernard Burke's, sub art. 
"Kesteven" in his Peerage, where he states that the Trollopes 
acquired the manor of Casewick in 1561. 

Having corrected my own statement, I may be allowed to say 
that the "rapidity" of the rise of the Trollope family is even more 
astonishing than I thought it. For a family, ranking among the 
yeomanry during the latter half of the 16th century, to become 
lords of manors in 1621, and Baronets in 1641, argues a very rapid 
rise ; and though the Trollopes and Welbys were not exclusively 
indebted to the Commonwealth for their exaltation, we may fairly 
assume that the fiEtct of both being on the Parliament, i.e., on the 
winning, side, did not militate against it. 

There is an error also, which I should like to correct, at pa. 64 
of the first series, in the note appended to the will of John Tournay 
of Cstenby. His wife, Jane, is said to have been a St. Paul, of 
Snarford, by biith. In this I was misled by the pedigree of 
Tournay in the Visitation of 1592. As a matter of fact her name 


was Joan, and she was the daughter of Richard Manctt. Her first 
husband, Bishop Holbeche, alias Eandes, left her executrix to his 
Will, which was proved by her 3 Oct., 1651. It is possible John 
Tournay married thrice, and that Jane St. Paul was his second wife 
(as the Visitation of 1592 represents her), while the surviving one, 
Joan Manett, was the third ; but it is much more likely that the 
Visitation is wrong, as documents of this sort bristle with errors in 

An act of omission I have also to acknowledge in the case of 
the Claymond family, an ancient race at Frampton, and in the 
neighbourhood of Boston. There are several Wills which I regret 
to say I neglected to copy through inadvertence. Thompson, how- 
ever, in his History of Boston, has done justice to the Claymonds, 
and so has the late Dr. Bloxam in his Registei* of Magdalen College, 
of which place John Claymond was elected President about 1504. 

The Claymond arms, *' gules 3 roses argent," appeared quartered 
with the Meers, or Meres, coat, in Kirton Church, when Gervase 
Holies made his tour. As a matter of fact the face declined in 
importance as the sixteenth century wore on, and no pedigree was 
entered at either of the Visitations. 

The social state of Lincolnshire underwent a great change as 
the sixteenth century drew to a close, and perhaps a few words on 
this subject may not be out of place. 

"No doubt the principal cause that led to this change was the 
suppression of the monasteries. A vast amount of land, hitherto 
locked up in corporations, was dispersed by that event, and in a 
county like Lincolnshire, with abbeys such as Bardney, Crowland, 
Kyme, and Thornton, holding enormous tracts of land, it would be 
impossible not to expect a great change in the social system on 
such estates being split up, sub-divided, and thrown into the 
market. The rich graziers of South Lincolnshire, and the marsh 
district, which extends from Boston up to the Humber, profited by 
the convulsion. We see various yeoman families, not mentioned 
in the Visitations of 1562 and 1592, creeping upwards in the 
social scale. In the Visitation of 1634 they figure as gentry. 


The Eeformation also was a factor in this change. It is 
impossible not to surmise that the cause of the decay of such 
families as that of Bilsby, a knightly race, taking its name from 
a parish near Alford, was owing to the fact that the family adhered 
to the old religion. And this was only one instance among many. 

Again, we see citizen families from London^ and other large 
towns, gradually taking the place of olcl and distinguished races in 
the country. I may instance the Ayscoughs of Blyborough. They 
attained knightly rank in the person of Sir Henry Ayscough in 
1603, but twenty years after that date their estate of Blyborough 
had passed to the mercantile family of Southcote, in which it 
continued till about the middle of the 18th century, when it 
was bought by Zachariah Bourryau, a West India merchant, 
through whose daughter it passed to the Luards who now possess it. 

: So also in 1617, we find Lawren<:e Caldwell, a London 
merchant, purchasing the Manor of North Willingham, the ancient 
estate of the Moignes till Thomas Moigne was attainted for high 
treason in 1536; and again it passed into mercantile hands in 1644^ 
when Florentine Tainturier bought it, from whom it went by 
marriage to the Boucheretts. 

The decay of the old Lincolnshire famiHes is very apparent to 
anyone who searches among Wills at the close of the sixteenth and 
the beginning of the 17th century, and a careful scrutiny of 
the lists of High Sherifis, and Members of Parliament for the 
County and the Boroughs, will only confirm the impression. Time- 
honoured names disappear, and a new class takes their place. 

I will now give a list of families which figure prominently in 
three centuries previous to the seventeenth, but which take a lower 
place after the year 1600. Without pretending to give an 
exhaustive list, I will venture to say that the following names are 
fairly representative ones, in Lincolnshire, from 1300 to 1600. 

BILLESBY, or BILSBY, of Bilsby. 

BUSSEY of Hougham. 

COPLEDIKE of Harrington. 

DE LA LAUNDE of Ashby de la Launde. 


FRISKNEY of Friskney. 
HANSARD of South Kelsey. 
KYME of Friskney. 
LITTLEBURY of Kirton. 
MERES of Kirton. 
PAYNELL of Boothby Paynell. 
ST. PAUL of Snarford. 
SKIPWITH of South Ormsby. 
SUTTON of Burton-by-Lincoln. 
TYRWHIT of Kettleby. 

I might add very larg^y to this list if I were to give the names 
of all the Lincolnshire families that fell into decay and extinction 
with the close of the 16th <}enturyy but the above names will 
be found occurring frequently in the lists of High Sheriflfe and 
Members of Parliament. To give the causes of their decadence 
will entail some repetition of what I have said in my Introductory 
Sketch in the first series of Wills ; but for the benefit of those of 
my readers who do not possess that work I will endeavour to give 
a brief explanation. 

The Billesbys adhered to the old religion, and, like the 
Thimblebys of Imham, sufiered for it. In 1616 John Billesby had 
left the ancient patrimony of his race, and was living at Calceby. 
He married Alice, daughter of Roger Boswell of Torksey, and had 
a son Thomas Billesby of Calceby, living in 1628, who had a son 
Edmund Billesby as late as 1630. The family is not in the 
Vidtation of 1634 ; and in 1661, on the 18th July, old John 
Billesby was buried at Bilsby, apparently ultimus morum. 

No family stood higher than the Busseys of Hougham in the 
14th century, but in 1634 the name is absent from the Visitation, 

The Copledikes held their own till the death of John Gopledike 
of Harrington, in 1585. Then a change comes. A chancery suit 
did the family no good. The three brothers Francis, Thomas, and 
Humphrey, named in John Gopledike-s Will, did not agree. 
Finally, in 1658, the last male of the family, viz., Thomas, son of 
the second brother Thomas Gopledike, dies s. p., and the race is extinct. 


The unfortunate^De La Laundes were ruined by law suits with 
the Knightfi Hospitallers of Temple Bruer, as well as by participation 
in Sir Eobert Welles' revolt in 1470. 

The Friskneys, Hansards, Kymes, and Littleburys simply 
dwindled down to extinction; the Hansards of South Kelsey 
ending in an heiress who married Sir Francis Ayscough, Knt. A 
John Littlebury appears in the Visitation of 1634, but the change 
is great since the Visitation of 1662 when there were flourishing 
branches at Hagworthingham and Stainsby. ^ 

The case of the Meres, or Meers, family is peculiar. First of all 
John Meres, of Kirton, in 1537, practically disinherits his eldest 
son by the flrst wife, and settles the estates for the most part on 
Anthony, his son by the second wife. The younger line at 
Auboum prospers till the death of Sir John Meres, Knt., in 1630. 
It then disappears, not even iiguring in the Visitation of 1634. 
Meanwhile the poverty-stricken elder line, after remaining in 
obscurity from 1637 to 1617, revives. Its fortunes were recruited 
by inheriting the remnants of the Bussey estates, and by Anthony 
Meres' success as a merchant in Lincoln. It resumed its rightful 
place in the 1634 Visitation^ and after the Eestoration Sir Thomas 
Meres was one of the most prominent men in the County. 

The Mussendens, Faynelk, and St. Fauls simply became extinct. 

Something more must be said about the Skipwiths of South 
Ormsby, a family which certainly took the lead in Lincolnshire 
during the flfbeenth and sixteenth centunes. And yet in the 
Visitation of 1634 we only find comparatively obscure junior 
branches represented, viz., those of Legbourn, Grantham, and 
Utterby. Of these the Grantham line was in alU probability an 
illegitimate one. The main cause of this remarkable declension 
was debt. The South Ormsby family became involved during the 
life of Sir William Skipwith, who died in 1689. His son Sir 
Eichard completed the ruin. 

The Suttons of Burton-by-Iincoln, who represented Lincoln in 
Parliament during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, decline in 
importance during the last fifty years of the 16th century. They 


do not put in an appearance in the Visitation of 1634. The 
Monsons took their place at Barton and in the representation of 
Lincoln. The Ellis family supplanted them at Wellingore. Tl)e 
last place where they appear is Washinghorough. 

The Tyrwhits of Kettleby, like the Skipwiths of South Ormsby, 
no longer take the lead when the 17th century begins. 
Younger branches sprang up in place of the old one, and the 
Baronet line at Stainfield, and the branch seated at Cammeringham, 
represent the family at the time of the Civil War. The former is 
now extinct. The latter survives still, though in another County, 

The following list of families is given to show what gaps were 
made in the ra^ks of the County Families by extinction and decay. 
Some of these, 6.^., the Asfordbys and Toumays, survived the 
Commonwealth, but with greatly diminished fortunes. 

ANGEVINE of Saltfleetby. 
ASFOKDBY of Asfordby. 
BELLINGHAM of Manton. 
BLEASBY of Bleasby. 
FULNETBY of Fulnetby. 
GEDNEY of Bag Enderby. 
GUEVAEA of Stenigot. 
HATCLIFFE of Hatcliffe. 
LANGHOLME of Conisholm. 
METHAM of BuUington. 
MOIGNE of North WilUngham, 
OKMSBY of North Ormsby, 
QUADEING of Irby. 
SANDON of Ashby-by-Partney. 
SOTJTHILL of Redbourn. 
THIMBLEBY of Imham. 
TOURNAY of Caenby. 
UPTON of Northolme. 
WYMBISH of Nocton. 


I will only say briefly of these, that the Angevines are not 
represented in 1634; that the Asfordbys lingered on at Saltfleetby, 
in reduced circumstances, till about 1680; that the Bellinghams 
had parted with their estates at Manton and Eedbourn before 1634; 
that the Bleasbys and Fulnetbys had become extinct in the male 
line; that the Gedneys had parted with Bag Enderby before 1660 ; 
that the Guevaras had left Stenigot, and were represented by a 
barber at Market Easen in 1696; that the Hatclifles were no longer 
'* of Hatclifle" in 1634 ; that the Langholmes had left Conisholm 
in 1634 ; that the Methams, although still ^^ of Bullington ^* in 
1634, were fast declining; (in 1673 Selina Metham, widow, living 
in the Close of Lincoln, refers to her son William Metham as being 
at Constantinople); that the Moignes were quite extinct before 
1634 ; that the Ormsbys had parted with North, or Nun, Ormsby, 
before 1634; that the Quadrings, after the Commonwealth, lingered 
on in Burgh-le-Marsh, in a much humbler position ; that the 
Sandons disappear mysteriously after 1600 ; that the Southills, like 
their neighbours the Bellinghams, part with their estates to a 
London merchant before 1634 ; that the Thimblebys, who were 
'' Popish Eecusants," merged into the Conquest family ; that the 
Touimays ended early in the 18th centuiy in an heiress ; that the 
Uptons parted with Northolme either before or during the 
Commonwealth; that the Wymbish family had parted with Nocton 
(probably to the Ellis family) before 1634, and poetically came to 
an end after the Commonwealth. « 

I have been compelled thus hastily to run through the above 
list, as it would take too long to enter into detail in each case. I 
must make an exception in favour of the Sandons of Ashby, who 
are not represented in either of the Visitations of 1562 and 1592, 
and who disappear soon after 1600, without any apparent cause. 
In 1468 William Sandon was lord of the manor of Ashby-by- 
Partney, and by his Inq. P.M., 1487-8, he held the manors of 
Ashby, Wragby, Panton, and West Barkwith, besides lands in 
Hogsthorpe, Mumby, Winthorpe, and Burgh-le-Marsh. He left 
by his wife, Margaret Kigmaden, a son Ivo Sandon, who, in 


1494, gave the advowson of Ashby to John Fulnetby. He married 
first in 1468, Margaret, daughter of John Skipwith, of Louth ; and 
secondly, Joan, who was living in 1545. His son was Sir William 
Sandon, knt., High Sheriff in 1540 and 1544. He married 
Elizabeth, daughter of John Fulnetby of Fulnetby, and co-heir of 
her mother Elizabeth, daughter and heuress of John Eland. Sir 
William, who took part in the Pilgrimage of Grace, died on the 
12th May, 1545. He held the manors of Ashby, Wragby, Panton, 
and Wilsthoi2)e, besides lands in Brinkhill, Skegness, Welton-le- 
Marsh, Burgh-le-Marsh, Hogsthorpe, Mumby, Tathwell, Cawthorpe, 
Haugham, Fordington, etc. His son, Arthur Sandon, had pre- 
deceased him, 8th Sept., 22nd Hen. YIIL, and his grandson, 
William Sandon, succeeded him, aged 23, in 1545. His Will is 
given in the First Series, No. 162, prob. 1 2th March, 1 568-9. After 
this little is known of the family. His son, Ambrose Sandon, was 
living at Bilsby about 1600 ; and his daughter, Elatherine, married 
Edward Asfordby, of Asfordby. The Sandons disappear like the 
BiUesbys, and possibly for the same cause, recusancy. 

I now turn to a more difficult task, that of indicating the 
families which filled up the broken ranks of the Lincolnshire Gentry. 
It is difficult, because, in t}ie first place, the number of new families 
in the Visitation of 1634 is very great; in the next, because the 
material, from which the ranks of the county families were recruited, 
is very various. There were first, the families which had been in 
Lincolnshire for some time in a good position, though not in the 
highest rank ; there were, secondly, families which had migrated 
from other counties ; and, thirdly, there were the nouveaux riches, 
the yeomanry who had grown prosperous after the suppression of 
the monasteries ; the hangers-on of the Court, who had had their 
share of the plunder ; and the mercantile families ready to invest 
the money they had accumulated by merchandise in Lincolnshire 
land. , 

I cannot pretend to deal with this great number of families 
exhaustively ; all I can do is to select some of them as samples of 
the different classes* 


First then, I will take the ARMYNES of Osgodby, the 
AMCOTTS of Amcotte, the AYSCOUGHS of Stallingborough, 
the BOLLES of Haugh, the BOOTHS of Killingholme, the 
CRACROFTS of Hackthorn, the DALYSONS of Laughton, the 
DISNEYS of Norton Disney, the DYMOKES of Scrivelsby, the 
GRANTHAMS of Goltho, the HAMBYS of Tathwell, the 
HENEAGES of Hainton, the HUSSEYS of Honington, the 
IRBYS of Whaplode, the LANGTONS of Langton, the 
MADDISONS of Fonaby, the MASSINGBERDS of Bratoft, 
the MONSONS of Burton, the SHEFFIELDS of Butterwick, 
the THOROLDS of Marston, the WELBYS of Gedney, and the 
WHICHCOTES of Harpswell,— as having been, aU of them, landed 
proprietors in the county since the 15th century, and many of them 
a good deal earlier. These families, to some extent, succeeded those 
whom I have described as decayed or extinct at the commencement 
of the 17th century. * Some of them indeed, notably the Ayscoughs, 
Dymokes, Husseys, and Sheffields, had all along taken a prominent 
place in the county, but others, as the 16fch century drew on, took 
the place of those whose course was coming to an end. For instance, 
it is impossible not to notice that the decay of the Suttons at 
Burton-by-Lincoln, and the extinction of the St. Pauls of Snarford, 
made way for the Monsons, who were practically undisturbed in 
the representation of the City of Lincoln down to the present 
century. The Armynes, Bolles, Dalysons, Husseys, and Thorolds 
obtained baronetcies. The Amcotts, Ayscoughs, Disneys, Dymokes, 
Granthams, Heneages, Irbys, Langtons, Maddisons, Welbys, and 
Whichcotes all received the honour of knighthood from James L 

Again, a certain number of families in the 16th century came 
into Lincolnshire from other counties. The ALINGTONS, of 
Horseheath, in Cambridgeshire, put out a cadet branch settled 
at Swinhope in this county, which bought out the Guevaras at 

The BERESFORDS, probably originally from Staffordshire, 
settled at Leadenham, where they remained till the 18th centurv. 



The BRO WNLO WS, from Derbyshire, who were at Gt. Humby, 
and whose heiress eventually married Sir Eichard Cost, Bart.^ 
ancestor of Earl Brownlow. The BUCKS of Hamby Grange, 
created baronets in 1660, extinct in 1782^ The CARRES of 
Sleaford, who, coming from Northumberland at the close of the 
15th century, amassed enormous wealth by the wool trade. The 
CHOLMELEYS, of Burton Coggles, from Cheshire, now represented 
by Sir Hugh Cholmeley, Bart. The EARLES, who seated at 
Stragglethorpe, obtained a baronetcy in 1629. Two distinct families 
of the name of ELLIS ; one of Wyham and Nocton ; the other irom 
Yorkshire, seated at Wellingore. The FANES, a cadet branch 
of the great Northamptonshire family, settled at Fulbeck. The 
HATCHERS, of Careby, near Grantham, founded by a physician, 
and rigidly Parliamentarian. The HICK MANS, from Essex, who 
bought the manor of Gainsborough in 1596. The HOLLES family, 
Bprung from an alderman of London, who bought the manor of 
Irby-on-Humber in 1527. The KINGS, from Suffolk, who in 1580 
became owners by purchase of two manors in Ashby-de-la-Launde, 
which had belonged respectively to the ruined De La Laundes and 
the Knights Hospitallers. The LISTERS, who coming from 
Yorkshire bought a manor in Rippingale in 1591, as another race 
of the same name, from the same county, did later on at Burwell. 
The MORYSONS, of Northumberland, who came into the county 
about 1536 and settled at Cadeby. The NELTHORPES, who 
enriched by trade in London, acquired estates at Scawby and Barton. 
The NEVILES, a cadet branch of the baronial house of Rarby, 
seated at Ragnall and Thorney in co. Notts., and, iil the 17th 
century, planting another branch in Aubourn and Wellingore. The 
PELHAMS from Sussex, seated at Brocklesby. The SALT- 
MARSHES, from Yorkshire, at Strubby near Wragby. The 
SATJNDERSONS, also from Yorkshire, at Saxby, who acquired a 
baronetcy in 1612 and a viscpuntcy (that of Castleton) in 1628, 
which became extinct in 1723. The SCROPES, who, though 
possessed of large estates in Lincolnshire, at Cockerington, from a 
very early period, preferred their grander seats in other counties 


till the 17tli century. The SOUTHS of Kelstem, unknown in 
the Visitations of 1562 and 1592, but displacing the Ormsbys of 
Nun Ormsby early in the following century. And finally the 
WKAYS, a Yorkshire race, but planted in Lincolnshire by the 
Chief Justice, Sir Christopher Wray, at Glentworth, 1523-1592. 
Besides the above families, which all migrated at various times into 
Lincolnshire, I must not omit the ANDEESOJN'S, who, although 
the precise date of their entrance into this county cannot be ascer^ 
tained, were seated at Flixborough before 1530, when the virtual 
founder of the family was born, the Chief Justice, Sir Edmund 
Anderson, who died in. 1605^ after acquiring by purchase large 
estates in Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire, 1580-1605. 

The foregoing list of families, which is by no means a complete 
one, will help the reader to understand how extinct and decayed 
families at the beginning of the 17th century were replaced. I turn 
now to another source which is, perhaps, more interesting, in some 
respects, to study. 

I have spoken of the enrichment of the yeomanry, the purchase 
of landed property by mercantile families, and the plunder of the 
monasteries poured into a few favoured individuals, as furnishing 
another source from whence the ranks of the county families were 
recruited. Let us now take note of some remarkable instances. 

Of those who profited notably by the suppression of the mon-^ 
asteries I will select four specimens : — JOHN BELLOW, JOHN 
PORTER. The Heneages and Tyrwhits, it is true, did not disdain 
to share in the good things also ; but the four men I have named 
were of no pretension to any standing in the county, in fact Porter 
was a new-comer from Nottinghamshire, while Broxholme and 
Dighton were of mercantile families in Lincoln. Hhe Porters, who 
thus obtained, in 1546, the Manor of Bel ton, which had belonged 
to the Monastery of St. Mary of York, became extinct in the 
following century. The Broxholmes, after acquiring large estates at 
Barrow, Corringham, and elsewhere, also came to an end at the 
close of the 1 7th century. The Dightons, who spread into numerous 


branches, one of whicli merged in the Clinton family, were all gone 
by the end of the 17th century. Of the Bellows I know nothing, 
but since they d^. not show in the Visitatioih of 1634 we may 
assume that they had come to an end so far as Lincobishire was 
concerned. The fate of these four families certainly illustrates 
strikingly Spelman's History of Sacrilege, 

Of families which made money by trade and merchandise, and 
invested their accumulations in the puichase of landed estates, I 
may cite a few instances. 

The BARKHAMS were possessed of the Manor of Wainfleet 
St. Mary in 1617, having previously been a family connected with 
Norfolk and London. The CARRES of Sleaford, the HOLLES 
of Irby, the CAU) WELLS of Thorganby, and the SOUTHCOTES 
of Blyborough I have already mentioned ; but in addition we may 
note the EVINGTONS of Casewick. They became connected with 
Lincolnshire through Francis Evington, merchant taylor and 
alderman of London, who died 1614, aged 66, purchasing the Manor 
of Casewick near Bourn, which his son Sir James Evington, Knt., 
sold in 1621 to the TroUopes. The HOLLINGWORTHS also, a 
Lincoln mercantile family, like the Dightons and Broxholmes, appear 
as gentry in the Vidtation of 1634. THOMAS TAILOR, another 
Lincoln merchant, of great wealth, bought the Manor of Doddington, 
and built the fine old mansion, which, with the estates, passed to 
his granddaughter, and heiress, Lady Hussey. The WELCOMES, 
also a Lincoln family, grown rich in merchandise, became seated at 
Market Stainton. These acquisitions of land^ property meant of 
course the dispossession of some other family. Certainly at this 
period, 1600-1640, the Lincolnshire country gentlemen seem to 
have been much involved, if we may judge by the amount of 
property that changed owners. The time therefore was seasonable 
for rich yeomen and merchants to buy up impoverished landed 
proprietors. To refer once more to the Ayscoughs of Blyborough ; 
the last known head of the family, Henry Ayscough, who died in 
1633^ had sold to Sir George Southcote, Bart., all his estates in 
Blyborough, Tumby, and Mablethorpe; and the admon. of his 
goods was granted to his printipal creditor. 


I turn now to one more class of family, which in some respects is 
the most interesting of all, viz., the yeoman. Nothing is plainer, 
as the 17th century begins, than the fact that feudalism is on the 
wane, and that a great middle class is coming to the front. A 
glance at the Visitation of 1634 will illustrate my meaning. The 
number of new families in it is something past belief, and a very 
large percentage is of the yeoman class. A comparison of the list 
of families in the Visitation of 1634, published in the 4 parts of 
vol. ii. of the lAncolnshire Notes and Queries, should be made with 
the published Visitations of 1562 and 159.2; no more convincing 
proof can be given of the change of the old order of things* 

I do not think I could select a better example than that of the 
BEOWNE family to show the steady rise in the social scale of a 
yeoman family. Eichard Browne of Saltfleetby, yeoman^ died in 
1633, an old man, leaving numerous grandchildren. He had 
married Margaret, daughter of William Thorold of North Thoresby, 
a yeoman branch of that ancient family. He had amassed con- 
siderable wealth, and two of his children had married into the^ 
Ogle family ; viz., his younger son, Leonard, who married Anne^ 
daughter of Thomas Ogle of Pinchbeck, and produced his pedigree 
at the Visitation of 1634 ; while his daughter Bridget became the 
wife of Valentine Ogle of Pinchbeck, half-brother to her brother 
Leonard's wife. Later on we find his grandson Humphrey Browne^ 
of Saltfleetby, Gentleman, who died in 1681. In the next 
generation it is Martin Browne, Esquire, who was High Sherifl in 
1698, and died in 1717, leaving a son, Martin^ who died 8.P., and 
two daughters Kaomi and Anne who married respectively into the 
Gace and Cracrofb families. 

At Wisbeach in Cambridgeshire the family of BTJCKWORTH 
was settled. It became connected with Lincolnshire through the 
marriage of Eichard Buckworth, in the 16th century, with Eose, 
daughter and co-heir, eventually, of Thomas Skegness of Skendleby 
Thorpe, whose Will, prob, 1556, is given in the First Series, No, 149, 
From them descended a line of Buckworths seated at Surfleet, Of 
these Everard Buckworth, LL.D,, married Frances, sister and co-heir 


of Charles Amcotts of Amcotts, the last male of that race who died 
in 1 777. Dr. Bnckworth was Lord of the Manor of Washingborough, 
jure uxoris, and also of Harrington-by-Spilsby. He died s.p. I do 
not know who represents the family now, unless it is the Johnsons 
of Ayscough Fee Hall, Spalding, in right of their descent from 
Dr. Maurice Johnson, who married Anne Elizabeth, daughter bf 
Theophilus Buckworth of Spalding. 

The CAWDRONS first appear as gentry in 1634, thoagh they 
have a very decent pedigree back to William Gawdron, the King's 
Bailiff, of Heckington, who died in 15 44, and whose daughter married 
'* old Robert Carre," of Sleaf ord, who so enormously developed the 
wealth of his family, and who died in 1590, perhaps one of the richest 
commoners in England. No doubt this alliance helped on the 
Cawdrons. They intermarried with the Kings of Ashby-de-la- 
Launde, and took the side of the Parliament. Robert Cawdron, Esq., 
of Great Hale, was indicted for high treason, in 1643, for having 
joined with the FarHament against Charles I. Coming down to 
the 18th century we find them intermarrying with the D^okes of 
Scrivelsby. They are supposed to be now extinct; but in 1714, 
Robert Cawdron, of Great Hale, who married Jane, daughter, and 
eventually co-heir of Sir Charles Dymoke, knt., mentions his sons 
Robert, Edward, Lewis, George, Dymoke, and Austin. His widow 
Jane died in 1734. 

In 1590 ANTHONY CHEALES, yeoman, bought an estate in 
Hagworthingham. The name of Cheles and Chelys is found in that 
place as early as 1534 ; possibly derived from Cheal in the parish 
of Gk>sberton. His grandson, Thomas Cheales, wrote himself 
''gentleman," and married Mary, daughter of Sir Roger Halton, knt., 
of Great Carlton. The family does not appear in the Visitation of 
1634, but a pedigree is given in that of 1666. At the present day 
the estate bought by Anthony Cheales is in the possession of the 
Rev. Alan Benjamin Cheales, his direct descendant. 

The CHENEY (or Cheyney) family is a curious instance of 
decadence. William Cheney, formerly of Thomgumbald in Holder- 
ness, died at Boston in 1599. His widow Frances, whose Will I 

xxviii. LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

have giTen in this series, was his remote cousin, the natural 
daughter of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Sir Thomas 
Cheney, K.G. Their descendants at Boston were in trade during 
the last century, and finally the fiEunily became extinct in the male 
line early in the present century ; being represented in the female 
line by the Garfits and Thirkills. 

No rise has been more rapid than that of the CUSTS of 
Pinchbeck. The Will of Henry Cust is in this series. jHis son 
Samuel Cust was father of Sir Eichard, created a Baronet 1677. 
A succession of marriages with heiresses enriched the family ; the 
following list will show, — ^Purey, Savile, Woodcock, Brownlow, 
Payne, Drur^r, Bankes, and Hume, which last marriage brought, in 
addition, a share of the great Egerton estate. The family was 
Parliamentarian in its sympathies, like most of the Holland and 
Kesteven families. Its first appearance in a Vidtation is in 1634. 
It had been at Pinchbeck at least 300 years. 

Anoti];Ler family which appears in the Visitation of 1634 is that 
of GIBBON, (or Gibbons.) By Will prob, 22 Dec, 1608, 
Bichard Gibbons, citizen of London, leaves v marks to Lissington" 
Church, and leaves lands in Middle Easen to his wife Agnes. His 
grandson George Gibbon of Walesby had a large family of sons, one 
of whom, Anthony Gibbon, purchased the Manor of Tealby, and died 
in 1609. His son Anthony Gibbon was Lord of the Manors of 
Thimbleby and Langton-by-Wragby, and died in 1676. He left 
his landed estates to the children of his daughter Elizabeth wife of 
Henry Boulton, gent., of Stixwold. His elder brother John 
Gibbon entered his pedigree in the Visitation of 1634 as ''John 
Guibon.'* From him descends Alfred William Gibbons from whose 
book privately printed. Gibbons Family Notes, I have derived the 
above information. 

A family called HASTINGS makes its appearance in 1634 in 
the Visitation, It may possibly have been an offshoot of the house 
of Huntingdon. The Will of Robert Hastings, gent., of Bilsby, 
is given. He may have bought out the Asfordby family, 


as he mentions his farm in Asfordby. His son Robert Hastings, 
who died in 1 635, is *' of East Keal, yeoman." The family continued 
in the position of lesser gentry down to the 18th century. 

The HOBSO^N'S of Spalding afford an excellent example of a 
yeoman race rising by trade into the ranks of the gentry. John 
Hobson built the Spalding Town Hall. His son William married 
Eleanor, daughter of Richard Evington, of Halstead in Stixwould, 
25 Sept., 1598. They figure in the VisitcUion of 1634. 

The JENKINSONS seem originally to have been at Lincoln, 
to judge from the Will of Henry Jenkinson, of East Wykeham, 
which is given in this vol., prob. 1609-10. His son, Robert 
Jenkinson, married Mary, daughter of Grervase Bellamy, of Kettle- 
thorpe, and widow of Gervase Sibthorp, of Laneham, co. ^otts. ; 
and his son, Robert Jenkinson, of East Wykeham, died in 1702 s.p* 
The Jenkinsons were connected with the Broxholmes and Medleys, 
and never rose above the ranks of the lesser gentry. 

The KEY pedigree is extremely interesting. This was a yeoman 
family at Leadenham in the 16th century ; possibly from Yorkshire 
originally, and identical with the Kaye family in that county (see 
Will of William Key, senior, prob. 1581-2, First Series, No. 256). 
His descendant, John Key^ of Leadenham, bom in 1644, married the 
sister and co-heir of Edmund Ellis, of Wellingore, representing, in 
the female line, the Gopledikes of Harrington, and the Reviles of 
Auboum. ELis son, Ellis Key, of Leadenham, had a son John Key, 
High Sheriff in 1773, who died 8.P. in 1789, when his sister Jane 
became his heiress, the wife of William Reeve, of Melton Mowbray, 
from whom the Reeves of Leadenham descend. 

The KIRKMANS are a family of yeoman position which rose 
to the rank of lesser gentry, though, like the Keys, they did not 
appear in the Visitation of 1634; it is difficult to conceive why 
they did not, for, as the Wills of Lyon and William Kirkman show 
(see First Series, 249, 363), they had attained the rank of gentry 
before the close of the 16 th century. They were seated at East Keal. 


The LODINGTONS, or Luddingtons, were in the 16th century 
in a humble rank of life at Scotton. Possibly they took their name 
from Luddington, in the Isle of Axholme. One branch of the 
family came to Lincoln, and acquired wealth by merchandise, 
settling finally at Bracebridge. It ended in an heiress, who married, 
before 1770, John Fairfax, of Kewton Kyme, Co. York. Another 
branch was at Faldingworth and East Kirkby. Ot this was 
Henry Lodington, who produced his pedigree in 1634, and was 
'^of Faldingworth." His brother William Lodington, of East 
Kirkby, died in 1644, whose son, Thomas Lodington, of East 
Kirkby, and another son, John Lodington, of Fulnetby, both died 
without surviving male issue. 

The LUCAS family was seated at Fenton, in the parish of 
Beckingham, early in the 16th century, but it does not appear to 
have risen to the rank of gentry till the close of the century. 
Timothy Lucas appeared in 1634 at the Visitation. George Lucas 
married Penelope, daughter of Sir William Thorold, first baronet, 
of Marston. The property at Fenton has descended to the present 
possessor, George Yere Lucas (who has assumed the name of 
Braithwaite), of Edith Weston Hall, Co. Eatland, an estate which 
came from an heiress of the Halford family. The Lucas coat of 
arms curiously resembles that of John Longland, the last pre- 
Reformation Bishop of Lincoln ; and it is a coincidence that he had 
a brother Lucas Longland. 

I never have been able to understand why the MOTTRAMS 
are not in the Visitaiion of 1634, as they ranked quite as high as 
the Hastings and ^ewstead families. We find them at Addlethorpe 
as early as 1580. They possibly came from Mottram, in Cheshire. 
Three branches were existing in the 17th century. One at Caw- 
thorpe, near Louth, where the coat of arms, '* a chevron between 
3 crosses fitche^" is still visible on the gable of an old manor 
house; one at Addlethorpe; and one at Thorpe-by- Wainfleet. The 
first ended in co-heirs, the last of whom lived at Stamford at the 
close of the 18th century ; the second also in co-heirs^ one of whom 
married John Andrewes, son of Henry Andrewes, High Sheriff in 
1728 ; the third came to an end before the close of the 17th century, 
and merged in the Crackanthorpe family of Co. Westmoreland, 


The NEWSTEADS came from Yorkshire, as the Will of 
Robert ITewstead, yeomao, of South Somercotes, herealter given, 
tells us, but they are in the Visitation of 1634 as gentry. 
Henry Newstead, of North Somercotes, Esq., whose Will was 
proved in 1747, had only daughters; but Basset Newstead, of 
Louth, gent.. Will prob. 1744, had a family of sons. I know 
nothing more of them. 

The PALMERS were an ancient and widely spread fiEimily in 
Lincolnshire. In the 16th century they were of yeoman rank for 
the most part. One &mily, seated at Carlton Scrope, ended in the 
17th century in an heiress, who married Sir Lewis Palmer, Bart., 
of Carlton Curlieu, in Leicestershire, but, strange to say, in no way 
akin to her. Another family of Palmers was originally at Winthorpe 
and Burgh-le-Marsh. One branch from it settled at Boston, and 
the heiress married John Langton, of Langton. Another branch 
went to London. Li the VisitcUion of 1634 we find two pedigrees 
of the Palmers of the Maish; one of Alvingham, the other of 
Winthorpe. The coat of arms, 3 palmer^s staves, is of course 
suggested by the name. The brass to William Palmer, '' with ye 
stylt," in Ingoldmells Church, is well known. 

Like the Ousts, the PXJREYS were from the Holland division, 
and the head of the former family eventually married the heiress 
of the latter. Neither appears in the Visitations of 1562 and 1592, 
but both are in that of 1634. The Pureys were, like their neigh- 
bours the Ousts, Lrbys, and Walcotts, Parliamentarian. The 
eventual heiress, Beatrix, daughter of Thomas Purey, of Elirton, 
married Richard Oust, of Pinchbeck, who was created a baronet in 
1677, from whom Earl Brownlow descends in the direct male line. 

The ROSSITERS, of Somerby, near Brigg, rose in rank during 
the Civil War. Edward Rossiter was a noted Parliamentarian 
Colonel This family, however, declined after the Restoration ; 
the estates, heavily mortgaged, were sold early in the 18th century 
to Edward Weston, Secretary of State for Ireland. 

xxxu., LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

The ROTHWELLS, of Ewerby, who first appear as gentry in 
1634, obtained a Baronetcy, in the person of Richard Roth well, in 
1661, but he died s.f.m. in 1694. The estates passed to the 
Willoughby family by the marriage of his daughter Elizabeth with 
Thomas first Lord Middleton. 

A family called SKEGNESS probably took its name from the 
village on the sea coast of Lincolnshire. Very early in the Court 
Rolls of the Manor of Ingoldmells (an adjacent village), we find 
tenants of this name, in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. The 
Will of Thomas Skegness, of Skendleby Thorpe, No. 149, First 
Series, proved in 1556, shows him to have been of some standing 
among the smaller landed proprietors. Several branches spread out 
in the 17th century, and in 1634 three different members of the 
family answered to the Herald's summons. So far as I know the 
race is now extinct. 

The STOWES, of Newton-on-Trent, were yeomen in the 16th 
century who came forward in 1634. In 1685 William Stowe was 
High SherifiP. They ranked among the lesser gentry, and ultimately 
the heiress of the race married a Scottish Baronet, Sir Alexander 
Kinloch, in 1801, and conveyed the Newton estate to that family. 

The THORNDIKES, of Greenfield, supply an admirable 
example of a genuine Lincoln yeoman family. They were tenants 
of the Manor of Little Carlton in the 15th century. They grew 
wealthy (probably on the spoils of Greenfield Monastery) after the 
Reformation, and appear in the Visitation of 1634, and in Yorke's 
Union of Honour in 1640. Herbert Thorndike, Prebendary of 
Westminster, is the best known member of this family, which 
vanishes after the Restoration. 

The family of THORY closely resembles that of Skegness. 
Both came from the same rank, that of copyhold tenants of the 
Manor of Ingoldmells. Both spread into various branches, and 
intermarried. The Thorys, however, survived. John Thory, of 
Skendleby, who died in 1740, was the last male heir. 


Of the TEOLLOPES I have spoken already, and therefore I 
need not say much more. Some papers, however, kindly lent me< 
by the Eev. Andrew Trollope, throw additional light on the question 
of this family's rise at the end of the 16th century, and I will 
notice therefore one or two points. From the Calendar of State 
Papers (Domestic) 1547-1580, pa. 178, we learn that in 1561 a 
certain Thomas Trollope wrote a small book of advice <' for the 
setting up a mill to knocke hempe for the making of canvas and 
other linen clothes." He had submitted his scheme to Cecil, and 
had conferred with the aldermen of Stamford, etc. 

I think this in all probability was the ancestor of the present 
family, and the likelihood is rendered still greater by the reading of 
the Wills of various Trollopes at Bourn, and its neighbourhood, 
between 1570 and 1600. There are several in the Lincoln Registry, 
and they all bear witness to the fieust of the fistmily being in a 
distinctly yeoman class of life. 

The rise to the baronetcy followed on the increase of wealth 
evidenced by the purchase ofCasewick in 1621. If one may be 
allowed to conjecture, I should say that the patronage of Cecil had 
much to do with the enrichmeut of the family. How far the 
tradition may be true that it descends £rom the Trollopes of Thomley, 
Co. Durham, it is impossible to say. It is difficult to prove a 
negative, and no one can say that it ia not so descended ; on the 
other hand there is no proof of its descent beyond the sameness of 
the name, which goes for little by itself; and no one has as yet 
bridged over the wide chasm between the first known ancestor 
exhibited in the Visitation pedigree of 1634, and the illustrious 
knight. Sir Andrew Trollope, who fell at Towton. 

The WELBYS, of Denton, I have also already alluded to, and 
indeed a perusal of the Wills of William and Alice Welby gives a 
clearer notion of the social status of the family than any comments 
can do. It is a significant circumstance that the houses of Moulton 
and Denton are each represented by a pedigree in the Visitation of 
1634, but no kinship is acknowledged between them, nor is any 
traceable in the descents exhibited. 

XXXlV. LINCOLNSHIRE WlLtS, 1600-1617. 

Having now given a sketch, though an imperfect one, of the 
different classes of families which are to be found in Lincolnshire 
at the commencement of the 17th century, I will now try to put 
before my readers some sort of general view of the county with 
regard to the leading families that would be found in it between 
16Q0 and 1620. I am open indeed to much correction, but some 
allowance may be reasonably expected for mistakes in a view of so 
extended a range. 

Beginning with the Isle of Axholme, one has no hesitation in 
affirming that the Sheffields of Butterwick and Normanby dominated 
over that region. Edmund Sheffield, first Earl of Mulgrave, who 
died in 1646, aged 80, would naturally take a prominent lead in a 
spot where no other family of similar importance existed. He had 
married a Tyrwhit of Kettleby, and his eldest son had taken to 
wife a daughter of Lord Chief Justice Anderson, whose seat at 
Broughton was in an adjoining parish. 

Still keeping in the north of the county, but passing eastward, 
one would find Sir William Pelham, of Brocklesby, ancestor, in 
the female line, of the Earl of Yarborough, exercising much influence, 
in which he had been equalled by his neighbour Denzill Holies, 
who died in 1590. Of this Denzill it is said that, 'living much 
at Lrby-on-Humber he used to con&ont Henry Clinton, Earl of 
Lincoln, who was a great tyrant among the gentry of Lincolnshire, 
and to carry business against him in spite of his teeth.'' 

Passing on to Great Grimsby, we get into the neighbourhood 
of the Ayscough family, one of whose seats was at Stallingborough, 
not far ofip. This family had great influence throughout this tract 
of country, and their being frequently returned to Parliament for 
Grimsby is a sufficient token. At this time, William Ayscough 
was the head of the family, who had married a Heneage, of Hainton. 
His father-in-law, William Heneage, would be paramount in the 
Market Basen neighbouihood, until his death in 1610, at the ripe 
age of 91 ; but his son Sir Thomas, and his grandson Sir George, 
kept up the family influence in spite of their '' recusancy." 



Turning again north we come to Caistor, and here again the 
Ayscoughs are potent in consequence of their heing lords of the 
manor as well as owning large estates in the neighhouring parish of 
South Kelsey. Their influence was however i^ some degree 
modifled hy Sir Ealph Maddison, whose estates lay hoth in Caistor 
and in many of the surrounding villages, and who was himself 
connected with them through his grandmother, Faith Ayscough, 

The Bolles, of Haugh, and Thorpe Hall, may be taken as most 
powerful in the district round Louth. 

In the long stretch of country, firom Great Grimsby to Boston, 
called the Marsh, the most important fetmily, undoubtedly, in the 
16th century, was the Fitzwilliam, of Mablethorpe and Staine. 
But it had begun to decline with the entrance of the 17th century. 
At Croft, Sir Valentine Browne held a highjposition, having married 
a Monson of South Carlton, and having two sons in the order 
of knighthood. But this family passed rapidly away before the 

A much greater family, hitherto better known in Yorkshire, was 
that of Scrope. The Baronial branches of Danby and Masham 
became extinct in the male line, but in Lincolnshire the Scropes, of 
Cockerington, still survived, and took a leading part in the County 
down to the middle of the 18th century. 

In the Spilsby neighbourhood we shall And only two families 
of note; for the Copledikes of Harrington, and the Skipwiths of 
South Ormsby, had begun to fall into decay. These would be the 
Langtons of Langton, represented then by Sir John Langton, 
High Sheriff in 1612, and the Massingberds of Bratoft $ind Gunby, 
whose then head was Thomas Massingberd, who had married a 
Fitzwilliam of Mablethorpe. 

Passing on to Homcastle we come into the country of the 
Dymokes of Scrivelsby, who disputed the pre-eminence with the 
Earl of Lincoln (Henry Clinton, first Earl), a turbulent and over- 
bearing man, who met his match in Denzill Holies. At Stainfield 
a younger branch of the Tyrwhits was seated. 


In the neighbourhood of Lincoln there were several important 
families. Of these the Monsons, of Barton and South Carlton, 
took the lead, having succeeded to the political influence of the 
Buttons, formerly of Burton, and the St. Pauls, of Snarford. But 
the Wrays, of Glentworth, and the Saundersons, of Saxby, shared 
their honours as a leading family. In Lincoln itself the Granthams, 
of St. Katharine's, reigned supreme. 

Turning to Gainsborough, we can perceive at once the most 
influential families, viz., the Lords Willoughby of Parham, seated 
at Knaith, and the Hickmans, of Thonock and Gainsborough, a 
recent arrival, but deriving importance from owning the manor of 
the latter town. 

At Sleaford one would naturally select the. Armynes and 
Whichcots as representative families. Both were Parliamentarian 
in the coming struggle, and Sir Hamon Whichcot, of Dunston, was 
a leading man on the Parliament side. 

On the other hand the Carres, of Sleaford, and the Thorolds, of 
Marston, would amply counterbalance these families by their own 
wealth and position, which in the case of the Carres was very great. 

Grantham, of course, would be, to a great extent, under the 
sway of the Earls of Eutland, and Bourn under that of the Earls 
of Lindsey. 

At Boston the Irbys (ancestors of Lord Boston) must have 
taken the lead. They stand above the smaller families of Cust, 
Purey, and Walcott ; all of them decided adherents of the Parlia- 

Down in the Fen Country there were but few families of much 
importance ; the Welbys, of Gedney and Moulton, and the Ogles, 
of Pinchbeck, may be selected as samples of the higher grade, 
though the Ogles were beginning to decline. 

At Spalding, and in its vicinity, there were many well-to-do 
families which had risen from yeoman origin by merchandise, such 
as the Evingtons, Gamlyns, Hobsons, Buckworths, Wimberleys, 
and others. 



I have tried in the foregoing remaiks to give a cursory sketch 
of the different small local centres in the county in connexion with 
the families of the greatest importance in their vicinity, but it will 
be easy to point out omissions. For example, I have not mentioned 
the Husseys, who, seated at Honington, would have much local 
influence there ; but my Hst is not ezhaustiye, and I have refrained 
from naming several fieanilies simply because there were much greater 
ones near at hand. 

Some families also do not seem to have exercised so decisive an 
influence in Lincolnshire at this period owing to the fact that they 
were connected with other counties. I may instance the Andersons. 
The Lord Chief Justice's sons, Francis and William, were the pro- 
genitors of two branches ; but the elder was seated at Eyworth in 
Bedfordshire ; the younger at Kilnwick Piercy in Yorkshire. 

The Alingtons, who were cadets &om the main-stem of the 
family in Cambridgeshire, had only recently taken root in Lincoln- 
shire ; and in their case in 1633 the estates passed to a junior line 
seated at Hoddesden in Co. Herts. ; while the Smyths of Elkington, 
were at the beginning of the 17th century seated at Annables, in 
the same county, though retaining the ancient paternal acres in 

I have not mentioned either the Fanes of Fulbeck, or the 
ITeviles of Auboum, in connexion with Lincoln, though both were 
in the neighbourhood of that city, because I am not sure whether 
they had attained, so early in the I7th century, to the position they 
undoubtedly occupied a few years later. The ITeviles too belonged 
almost more to Nottinghamshire than Lincolnshire at this period, 
while the Fanes, being cadets of the Apethorpe family, and having 
only recently come from Northamptonshire, could hardly as yet 
have acquired the same preponderating influence as families of 
longer standing in the county. 

On the whole I am disposed to think the foregoing summary of 
local potentates a fairly accurate one, subject of course to due 
correction. Perhaps it may interest some of my readers to note the 



Telationships subsisting among the county gentry, whicb in some 
cases give a clue to the reasons which moved them to take various 
sides in the approaching Civil War. 

First then we may observe that Lord Chief Justice Anderson's 
daughters, Margaret and Griseld, married respectively, Sir Thomas 
Monson, created a Baronet in 1611, and Sir John Sheffield, eldest 
son of the first Earl of Mulgiave. 

Sir William Pelham, of Brocklesby had married Anne, daughter 
of Charles, second Lord Willoughby of Parham. 

" Denzill Holies had married Eleanor, daughter of Edmund, 
first Lord Sheffield, of Butterwick. 

I have pointed out the connexion between the Ayscoughs, 
Heneages, and Maddisons. 

Richard Bolle, of Haugh, had married a Skipwith, of South 
Ormsby, and died in 1591, leaving daughters married into the 
families of Toumay, of Caenby, and Cracroft, of Fulletby, while 
his eldest son married Katherine^ daughter of Sir Edward Dymoke, 
of Scrivelsby. 

I have shown how the Brownes of Croft were related to the 
Monsons of Burton-by-Lincoln, and the Massingberds of Bratoft 
to the Fitzwilliams of Mablethorpe. 

The Tyrwhits, of Stainfield, were representatives in the female 
line of the St. Pauls, of Snarford, and a daughter of. the house had 
married a Pelham, of Brocklesby. 

I must refer my readers to a most interesting paper, read by the 
late Lord Monson, at a meeting of the Archasological Institute at 
Lincoln in 1848, on '' Feuds of Old Lincolnshire Families," given 
in the Society's published volume for that year, for a sketch of the 
relationship between the Earls of Lincoln, the Dymokes of 
Scrivelsby, and the Monsons of Burton. 

The Saundersons, of Saxby and Fillingham, were related to the 
Granthams^ Guevaras, Copledikes, and Tyrwhits of Stainfield, 

m TRODITCTION. xxxix. 

Sir William Wra/s daughter, Frances, married Sir Anthony 
Irhy, of Boston. The second Lord Willoughby of Parham 
married the daughter of the Earl of Eutland, while his sister, 
Eb'zabeth, was wife of Sir William Hickman, of Gainsborough, and 
another, Mary, of Sir William Booth, of Killingholme. 

The Whichcots and Carres, though on opposite political sides, 
were related. Sir Hamon Whichcot's mother haying been a Carre. 

The Thorolds of Marston were connected with the Husseys and 
Tyrwhits. The Amcotts of Amcotts with the Fulnetbys, and the 
Cracrofts of Hackthorn with the Granthams. 

Anyone who takes the -trouble to read the above will see what 
a network of relationships was spread throughout the county. I 
might extend the list considerably, but what I have given is enough 
to show the ^* clannish '' state of the gentry. It is not too much to 
say that every gentleman, of good descent and estate, was related, 
either more or less nearly, to his neighbours of the same degree. 
The contrast between the 17th and 19th centuries is striking. 
Now-a-days the lord of a manor goes far afield for a wife. The 
rough and ready hospitality dispensed among families living in the 
same county, and connected by ties of blood, has been exchanged 
for intercourse of a much more formal kind. The country house 
which in olden days was filled with guests, who lived within 
riding or driving distance, is replaced by one which is open only 
to the intimate friends of the host and hostess ; if, indeed, it has 
not a considerable portion of its rooms shut up under agricultural 
depression. What the feelings of a 16th century Herald would be, 
were he to come to life and "visit" the county, I can hardly 
imagine. The Visitation of 1634 showed indeed a remarkable 
change from that of 1562 ; but at least there was some attempt at 
rule and order. The frequent notes, "Eespited for proof," is 
evidence that every one was not allowed, as now, to take any coat 
of arms that suited him, or flourish a pedigree compiled for him by 
a professional pedigree-maker. The Heralds would find ample 
employment at the present day in efiacing heraldry, both in 
churches and domestic houses, which is utterly unauthorized, and in 

xl. LINCOLMHIRB WILLS, 1600-1617. 

expurgating books full of fictitious pedigrees. One does not need to be 
told that the times have changed; but one may be allowed to 
question whether they have changed altogether for the better. At 
least there must have been friendliness and social intercourse, even 
if unrefined and narrow in its ideas, among the gentry of Lincoln- 
shire. There were not then a few '' great houses/' but a multitude 
of moderate sized ones. The lesser gentry had not disappeared. 
The yeomanry were a power in the land. Exclusiveness, in the 
modern sense of the term, did not exist, for all were, to some 
extent, relations, and the Civil War had not yet come to sever 

Neither must we suppose that the line of demarcation between 
territorial and mercantile fiEtmilies was broad and impassable. On 
the contrary, it may be safely affirmed that they were more closely 
connected than in later times. In proof of this one has only to study 
the Visitation of London in 1634 in order to learn that, apart from 
the army and the law, there was hardly any opening for the younger 
sons of gentle and knightly families, except trade and merchandise, 
at the commencement of the 17th century. The Wars in the Low 
Countries, the Siege of Ostend, and Expeditions to the New World, 
carried off many, but a great number found their way into the City, 
became apprentices, then partners, and finally, in 1634, pulled out 
their pedigrees, and proved their descent from time-honoured stems 
of gentry. 

The Inns of Court were another refuge for penniless scions of 
gentility, but to attain eminence in the legal profession was, as now, 
the fortunate lot of but a favoured few. 

The Clergyman's calling was certainly not often chosen by the 
young men of more fetmily than fortune. As a rule, judging by 
the clerical Wills I have read, I am inclined to think that the 
Church's ranks at this period were mainly recruited from families 
of well-to-do yeomen. Of course there are exceptions, and here and 
there a parson may be found connected with a family of gentle 
blood, but the rule is the other way. I do not however therefore 



think that Lord Macaulay's dispaiaging remarks on the social 
condition of the clergy after the Restoration justified hy these facts. 
Certainly to judge from the clerical Wills in this series one would 
not consider the testators in abject poverty, or destitute of the 
comforts and luxuries of gentle life. 

The Wills of Nicholas Madison, of Withem, and Moses Wilton, 
of Fleet, may be taken as samples. Withem is in the Marsh, 
Fleet is in the Fens. Yet, in both instances, the clergyman is 
evidently comfortable in circumstances. Books, furniture, land, 
money, all testify to something like affluence in a region which, in 
the 17th century, must have been almost as remote from centres of 
civilization and refinement as a mountain parish in Donegal would 
be now. 

The condition of a Country Squire had changed a good deal 
since the time of Henry YIII. Feudalism lingered on even after 
the Wars of the Roses had given it its death blow ; and prior to 
the Reformation, in a county such as Lincolnshire, remote from 
London, with undrained marshes and fens, the manners and feelings 


of the 15th century would still be found among the country gentry. 

A brawl which took place at a Sessions held at Caistor, between 
two members of the leading feunilies of Tyrwhit and Copledike, 
towards the close of Henry VIIL's reign, was probably not an 
unusual occurrence ; but the increase of learning, after the 
foundation of so many grammar schools under Edward YL, and the 
great progress made in civilization under Elizabeth, wrought a 
change, and although brawls and feuds still took place (notably in 
the case of the Earl of Lincoln and the Dymoke fEimily), I 
maintain that the general condition of society was much less rude, 
and unpolished at the commencement of the 17th century. 

In the reign of Henry VIII. we may safely say that nothing 
approaching to a carriage would be found in even the wealthiest 
country gentleman's establishment, but in 1604, we find Henry 
Jenkinson, of East Wykeham, a gentleman of only the second 
rank certainly, in the county, bequeathing his "coach" and 
" coach-horses " to his wife. 

xlii. LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Agaiiii it may be confidently afiOlrmed that in the reign of 
Henry VIIL very few country gentlemen could do more than sign 
their names (if indeed they could do as much), and their acquaintance 
with literature must have been proportionably limited ; but under 
James I. the increased diffusion of knowledge is very evident. 
Ecclesiastics are no longer almost exclusively the writers of Wills. 
In some cases a man writes his owu Will. 

Members of various Lincolnshire families at this time showed 
themselves able to use the pen. Among them we may reckon the 
Admiral, Sir William Monson, who wrote an account of the wars 
in Spain, from 1585 to 1602, in folio; Gervase Holies, the Antiquary, 
whose MS. notes are preserved in the British Museum ; Sir Ealph 
Maddison, who wrote two treatises on the coinage. I select these 
as instances of the great change that had taken place, since the 
reign of Henry VIII., in the way of mental cultivation ; for it 
would have been impossible to have conceived a sailor writing a 
book before the Eeformation, and the ancestors of the two other 
gentlemen could scarcely at that period have done more than 
execute their signatures. 

The spelling, it must be confessed, appears of a most arbitrary 
character, and to those of my readers who are not conversant with 
the writing of the period, I may as well say that a man not unfre* 
quently spells his own name differently even in the short limits of 
a Will. I mention this because an inexperienced reader might 
naturally suppose that the proof-sheets had been carelessly corrected, 
on finding, as in No. 125, the name of Bulkeley spelt also Bulkley 
and Bulckley. Such a name as Ayscough is liable to be spelt 
Ascough, Aiscough, or Ayseoghe. As I profess to print these 
Wills exactly as they were written, so far as spelling is concerned, 
I have not attempted to reduce these diversities of orthography to 
one rule. ITumbers 70 and 71 are a good instance of diversity, 
although the testators were nearly related; one spells his name 
Litilburie, the other Littleburye. The doubling of vowels and 
consonants is quite a matter of chance. Sometimes the scribe 
indulges in a superfluity, sometimes he seems to grudge the necessary 


letters; no method is discernible. In William Skipwith's Will, 
^0. 158, the name Martha is written Marthe throughout, and the 
place Withern is spelt both Wetheame and Weatherne. His brother 
Tristram's name is maltreated, being spelt in one place Tristerum, 
in another Tristrim. In John Skipwith's Will, No. 23, the same 
name is spelt Trustram. The name Guevara, in No. 11, alternates 

with Guevera; while York, in his Union of Honour^ spells it 

So much I feel it needful to say to account for the startling 
discrepancies in spelling which abound throughout these Wills, not 
only in names of persons and places, but in almost every word in 
the English language. 

The religious preambles are worthy of notice, for they bear 
witness to the increasing growth of Puritan, i.e., Calvinistic, theology 
in the middle classes. Numbers 3, 36, 46, 52, and 63 are excellent 
examples. Of these No. 36, the Will of the Eev. Moses Wilton, 
Vicar of Fleet, is specially noteworthy, on account also of the 
library of books he bequeaths to his successor in lieu of dilapidations. 

Those who are interested in swan-marks will find one called 
" the squire and crowfoot " in No. 63, which, so &r as I know, is 
not given in any list of swan-marks hitherto published. Subject 
to correction, I take the '* Squire" to be the heraldic term 
'^ Esquierre," a bearing in the coat of the Mortimers, Earls of March. 
The " crowfoot *' obviously is a crow's claw, which could be easily 
marked on a swan's bill. 

I have drawn attention to the increase of luxury evidenced by 
Henry Jenkinson's bequeathing his coach and horses to his wife, 
although described '' of East Wykeham," an out-of-the-way place 
on the Wolds. It is possible, however, that he may have lived in 
Lincoln, where he made his will, and a coach would not have been 
so out of keeping in a town as in a country village in days when 
roads were almost impassable in winter. But Sir John Langton, 
who also mentions his coach, certainly lived in the village of 
Langton, near Spilsby, and Sir Edward Ayscough resided at 

xliv. LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

^tallingborougli or South Kelsey, both country villages. This is 
worth observing, because carriages were of but recent introduction, 
and Lincolnshire was not a county where one would have expected 
to find them so early. 

The charitable bequests are also, I think, well worthy of notice. 
Many of them were simply sums of money to be expended soon 
after the testator's death ; but some were charges meant to be in 
perpetuity, and many of these have been lost. For example, in 
Henry Jenkinson's Will, No. 44, he leaves a rent-charge of 62 
pence out of his lands in Willoughby and Saltfleetby to the poor 
of the parish of St. Feter-in-Eastgate, and alludes to the Lady Eoper's 
gift. Neither her's nor his are now known. 

Heneage Smith too, No. 137, leaves a charge of six pounds 
yearly on his lands in Hatton to provide a teacher. 

I do not know whether Edward Lacon's bequest to the ^' poorest 
Cottagers" in Tetney (No. 107) is still in force. 

The bequest of bread to be distributed at the funeral of the 
testator was a survival of an old pre-Beformation usage of a dole on 
such occasions. Eichard Evington, No. 73, provides a handsome 
dinner on the day of his obsequies, and the above Edward Lacon 
did the same, though he afterwards revokes the order. 

The parson of Withern, No. 21, thoughtfully provides coals for 
his parishioners, leaving 30 shillings for that purpose. Some are 
careful to leave money for the repairing of the roads. 

Two classes, now extinct, appear among the testators, viz., the lesser 
gentry and the yeomanry. Of the former I may instance Henry 
Ayscough, No. 8 ; Thomas Grantham, No. 12 ; William Willoughby, 
No. 50 ; John Dethe, No. 61 ; Edward Aldye, No. 63 ; Leonard 
Boper, No. 122; and many others. They represent a class now 
entirely passed away. Not nearly so rich as many of the yeomen, 
they yet were esteemed "gentle." They seem to have held leases 
for the most part, and to have had comparatively but small landed 


An admirable portrait of one is drawn in Boswell's Life of 
Johnson^ viz., Mr. Peregrine Langton of Fartnej^ an nnde of the 
doctor's friend, Bennet Langton, who, with an annuity of £200, 
kept his carriage and lived in comfort. 

Some excellent samples of the yeoman class may be seen in the 
Poreys, Whittinghams, Kewsteads, Hastings, Warmonths, etc. 
These are far wealthier than the above class of small gentry, though 
not as yet bearing coat-armour or finding a place in the Visitationa. 
They have vanished as a class. 

I may refer my readers to the Wills of Mrs. Neale, ]^o. 53, and 
Mrs. Armyne, ]^o. 120, for specimens of two different kinds of 
^ed widows. Mrs. IS'eale lived in Horncastle, and her connexions 
were of the middle class — ^Lincoln citizens like the Hutchinsons 
and Beckes. Mrs. Armyne lived in the College House as it was 
<;alled, in the Close of Lincoln, and her connexions were entirely 
among the county families — Dymokes, Fitzwilliams, Cracrofls, etc. 
Yet there is a great similarity between the two documents. In both 
cases a large amount of plate and clothing is disposed of. One 
thing may be noted. As the widow of a townsman of Horncastle 
Mrs. Neale seems to have much more ready money than Mrs. Armyne, 
who, in spite of her large landed estates, had only personalty to the 
amount of £92. In fact the scarcity of money is seen by the high 
rate of interest (ten per cent.) habitually charged on it. Eents were 
exceedingly low, and a great deal was paid in kind. 

Of Ihe impoverished country gentleman there is a good instance 
in No. 92, Eichard Gedney of Bag Enderby; as also in the 
Nuncupative Will of Henry Ormsby, No. 65 ; and the Will of 
Sir Henry Ayscough, of Blyborough, No. 52. AU three feimilies 
were fated soon to disappear into obscurity. 

William Welby of Denton, and Henry Cust of Pinchbeck, on 
the other hand (Nos. 84 and 159), both yeomen, are progenitors 
of future county families, one now holding an Earldom, the other 
a Baronetcy. 

xlvi. LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Here I must however stop, and reserve further comments for 
another Series of Wills, which I hope to bring out next year. In 
the meantime, I can only repeat the concluding words of the 
Introduction to my First Series, viz., that this volume may be 
serviceable to anyone who attempts to write the History of this 

» - 

f ittcolttfikiu mills, 1600—1617. 



The 10 Jan. 1699-1600. I Robert Hottoft gent., of Panton. 
My neece Sandon's two youngest children Edward and Anne 
Ferryman. To John and Thomas Ferryman an angell each. I 
make executors my cosen Mr. Ambrose Sandon and my kinswoman 
Elizabeth Ferryman. 

Prob. 11 April 1600. 

I give this abstract becaiue of the reference to the Sandon family. Ambrote Sandon 
was probably the son of William, for whose Will, see No. 162, 1st series. 



- The 4th day of March A® 1599. I Anne Skipwith of Hanney 
widdoe weake in body but stronge in faith etc. My soule to 
Almightie God and my bodye to be buryed where it shall please my 
executor. To the church of Hanney ijs. To everie poore hows- 
holder in Hanney and Hagnabie iiijd. To Samuel Skipwith my 
son xijd. To Thomas Brader xvjs and furniture etc. conditionalie 
that he shall give unto Suzan Wright his dowghter and my grand- 
childe xs. etc. To Anne Brader his wife and my doughter all my 
apparell etc. Legacies to Thomas and Robert Rathbie. Residue to 
my son Thomas Johnsonne my sole executonr. My freind Mr. 
Whalley to be supervisor. 

Prob. at Louth 10 June 1600 by exr. 

This was an offlRhoot of the Utterby line of the Skipwith family. See Na 966 in 1st 



The xvjth day of July in nyne and thirtith yeare of the ralnge 
of our Soverainge Lady Elizabeth. I Anne Osland of Grantham 
in the County of Lincoln wyddowe ye unprofitable servant of 
God weake in body but strong in mynde doe make and ordeyne 
this my last will and testament in manner and forme as 
followeth tbereby revoking both in deed and in law all former 
wills by me at any tyme before this made and that all and every 
legacye gyft bequest or graunte at any tyme in any of the sayd 
former wills to any manner of persons whatsoever geven granted or 



bequeathed shalbe to all entente purposes and effects reputed deemed 
and taken as frustrate voyd and of none effect willingly and with 
a firee hart rendring and giving agayne into the hands of my lord 
god and creator my spirit which he of his fatherly goodness gave 
unto me when he first fashioned mee in my mother's wombe 
making me a living creature nothing dowting but that of his 
infinite mercyes set forth in the precius bloode of his dearly beloved 
Sonne Jhesus Christ our alone savior and redeemer he wUl receive 
my soule into his glory and place yt in the companye of heavenly 
Angells and blessed Saincts and as concerning my body even with 
a good will and a free hearte I give over commending yt to the 
earthe whereof yt came nothing douting but according to the 
Article of my fayth at the greate day of generall resurrection when 
wee all shall appear before the Judgment seate of Christ I shall 
receave the same agayne by the allmighty power of God wherein 
which he ys able to subdue all things unto him not a corruptible 
mortal weake and vyle body as yt ys nowe but an incorruptible 
immortal strong and perfect body in all poynts lyke unto the 
glorius body of my lord and savior Jhesus Christ and my body to 
bee buryed within the Church of Grantham aforesayd agaynst that 
pewe where I did usually use for to sytt. To Mary Stokham 
forty pounds of corrant English money. To Grace Fells xxx^. the 
joyned bedsteede with the fetherbed and all the other furniture as 
yt ys now standing in the streete parlor on the north syde of the 
gatehouse. To Mabell Fells wife of John Fells x^. my best petticote 
cloth. To Marye Jordayne my other petticote cloth and xiijd. iiijd. 
To Eobert Ingham the elder iij^^ igs. viijd. To William Barwell 
iij^. vjs. viijd. To Mrs. Williams of Denton my great golde ringe 
with a sapMr stone therein. To Mr. Eichard Williams of Denton 
my gold waspe to wear in his hat for a remembrance. To Mr. 
Thomas Archer a gold ring with a stone therein and which ys fitt 
for his finger. To Mrs. Archer my best gowne. To Mrs. Sympson 
my best petticote which ys garded with velvet. To Mr. Arthur 
Hall esquier a signet of gould which was the firste gift yt my 
husband Eichard Osland dyd give unto mee. To Elizabeth 
Williams my weddyng ring which hath my name in yt. To John 
Williams a silver tonne. To every of my servants ijs. vj apeece. 
To my godsonne James Wallis ijs. vjd. (clothing to Mabell Fells 
and Mary Bland and ould Mother Bland). To the poor of 
Grantham xls. To my gossypp John Wallys iijs. iiijd. Eesidue 
to Mr. George Barwell of Walkeringham, my full and sole executor. 
My frends Mr. Eichard Williams of Denton and Mr. Thomas Archer 
of Grantham supervisors, and give them vjs. viijd. apeece. 
Prob. at Lincoln xvj. April 1600 by Exr. 

I know nothing of the testatrix except that she was the widow of a Grantham citizen. 
Her bequest to the Barwells seems to imply some connexion. Robert Williamson, of Walker- 
ingham (ancestor of Sir Hedwoith Williamson, Bart.), married Anne Stokeham, who after- 
wards married George Barwell, and both these names oocor in this Will. 





The xiiith day of Januarys in the xliith yeare of our 
Soveraigne Ladye Elizaheth, etc. I Anthony BolLs, of Gosberionne, 
in the Countye of Lincolne, Gent., being perfect of minde 
and in good remembrannce doe make and ordaine this my last 
will and testament in manner and fforme following, etc. My 
bodye to bee buried in the parish church of Gosbertonne. To 
the poore people of Gosbertonne xijd. To Margarett Bolls my 
daughter xxs. and two.paire of linnen sheetes, and two paire of 
harden sheets to be delivered within halfe a yeare after my discease. 
To Eichard Merry one ewe lambe to be delivered at Midsummer 
after my discease. To Jane Bolls my daughter two paire of linnen 
sheetes and two paire of harden sheetes to be delivered within half 
a yeare after my discease. To Ellen Hudson my daughter a bedd 
tester of Lawne and fifive curtaynes of the same to be delivered 
within one whole yeare after my discease. To Willyam Hudson 
my daughter's sonne two cowes and two lambes to bee put forth 
to his use when he shall come unto the age of xxj yeares. To my 
daughter Ellen Huddon one blacke rugged cow I bought of Barrand 
to bee delivered within eyght weekes after my discease. To 
Eichard Johnson my man xxs. upon condition that hee make my 
executor a generall accquittannce to bee paid to him within three 
months after my discease. Eesidue to Em Bolls my wife paying 
my debts and seeing my body brought to the ground whom I make 
my full and lawfull executrix, desiring my brother George BoUs to 
bee supervizour, and I give him xs. 

Prob. at Donington ij June 1600 by Ex*. 

One of the BoUe family who lingered on still in the parish* where was the original seat. 
The more flonridiing branches were at Scampton, Hangh, and Thorpe Hall, by Lonth. 



The 26 Aug., 1600. I Elizabeth Kyme, gentlewoman and 

widow, of Boston. To be buried in the churchyard neare unto 

Paulesford where my children lye buried. To my sister Anne 

Francis of Wrangle ^towards the maintenance of her son John 

i Laneham in learning vj^. xiijs. iiijd. yearly out of the lease I have 

of the parsonage of Friskney so long as it doth continewe. To 

j my kinsman William Hart of Wrangle xxx^*., and one great chests 

H which was Edward Caverlaye's my sonne. To John Kyme my 

cosen dwelling with me various articles when 21. Legacies to 

to John and Dorothy Ward when 21. I make supervisor Mr. 

Edward Skepper, Gent., late of Boston. To Elizabeth Skepper his 

daughter a ring. I make executor my kinsman Anthony Hart of 


Prob. 2 June 1601. 

The testatrix had snnriTBd her children by her two husbands. See Wills 809. 837, 
828, in let Series. Her second husband was probably one of the Friskney Kymes. 



The xj day of December in ye fourtty fourth yeare of ye raigne 
of our Soveiaigne Ladye Elizabeth by ye grace of god of England 
ffrance and Ireland Quene defendour of ye faithe. I ffrancys 
Beressford of Eouston clerke sicke in bodie but of good and 
perfect memorie praysed therefore be god do ordeyne and make 
this my last will and testament. My body I will to be buryed 
at ye will and pleasure of myne executor. To Xrofer Beressford 
my eldest sonne the some of xl^. of good English moneye and all 
my Books. To Ellen Beresford my daughter xxx*^. To William 
Beressford my youngest sonne xl^^ Eesidue to Prudence my wife 
whom I make my full executor. 

Memorandum. Mr. Do^ Hall of Little Stewkeley in ye Countie 
of Huntingdon haith a fetherbed a pare of blanketts a coverlett 
and a bolster of myne. 

Mr. Henry ffarre servaunt to ye right honorable Erie of Eutland 
haith these books of myne a thesaurus greco latin of Stephan 
printed, a Levye, Demosthenes greke and latin both in foil. Seneca 
his philosophy in foil. 

The tyth lambes in Eouston behind and unpaid Tho. Critchley 
one Godfrey hudleston twoo Edward Northan twoo. 

Prob. at Lincoln viij Jan. 1601 by Ex^. 

One of the Beresfords of Leadenham. 



Thomas Welcome, Gent., of the City of Lincoln, weake 
in bodye but of perfect and good memorye God be thanked. My 
bodye to the earthe whence it came. To the churche of St. Mary 
in Wigford xs. towards the repare thereof and especially of the 
chauncell. My lands and tenements in the City of Lincoln and 
elsewhere to Wynefride my wife for her life and then to my 
daughters Marye and Anne, to be equally divided between them, 
and their heirs and assigns for ever ; also all money and debts due 
to me to be payd to each or to the longer lyver of them when she 
or they shall accomplish the full age of xviij years. I also bequeath 
to my wife my ij leases of certayn Landes in Canwick which I 
have of the devise of my unckle John Jon Esquier. Legacy to 
William Pigott my servant. Also to my wife my lease or term of 
yeares at Cherye Willingham. Also to William Sparrow my 
hawke and dogges and my white nagge. To Eobert Tirwhite of 
Kettleby Esquier a death Eynge in remembrance. To the poore of 
Lincoln x^^. to be distributed at the discretion of my executors. 
To everyone of my syster Marbury's chylderen a Spurr Kyall apeece. 


To my brother William Thorold^s wieflfe my best gilt bowle. To 
my syster Marbury my spoone called Mother Holland spoone. To 
my brother Anthony Thorold a Death Rynge. To Mr. Henry 
Eandes of Hull brother to Thomas Eandes Comiss. x^. Eesidue to 
my wife for the use of herself and my children so long as she 
keepeth her selfe unmaryed and my widdowe and have the bringing 
up and disposition of my daughters but if she happen to marry then 
I will that as well all the said goods (except half of the household 
stuff as also their portions before bequeathed) shall be disposed on 
by my executors to the use of my said daughters. To my uncle 
Jon one silver bowle. To my brother William Thorold one silver 
bowle. To my sister Elizabeth Thorold one gilt spoone. To my 
sister Thorold of Howgh one gilt spoone. I make my unckle Jon 
and my sayd brother William Thorold my executors. My brother 
Marbury and my brother Anthony Thorold supervisors. 
Prob. 13 Jan. 1601. 

A citizen family at Lincoln. John Welcome was Sheriff 15S6, and M.P. in 1572 ; see his 
father's Will, No. 122 in 1 st series. He married Anne, daughter of Gregory Jon, of Fillingham, 
and was the father of Thomas Welcome, the above testator, and Mary, who married Bdward 
Marbnry, of Grimsby. Thomas Welcome's wife, Winifred, was a Thorold. The Welcomes 
were afterwards seated at Market Stainton. 



The xvjth of November 1601. I Henrie Ascoughe of Morebie 
in the Countie of Lincoln gent, sicke in bodie but of perfect 
remembrance thanks be to god doe make this my last will and 
testament. My bodie to be buried in the parish churche of Morebie 
aforesaid out for my mortuarie as the lawe requireth. And whereas 
I have entered into a bargaine with one William Bedingfeild of 
Southold in the Countie of Suffolke gent, for my landes being in 
Denham in the said countie as well frehold as coppiehold as by 
one Indenture bearing date the xiijth daie of Aprill last past before 
the date hereof betweene me the said Henrie Ascoughe of Denham 
in the Countie of Sufifolke gent, of the one partie and the said 
William Bedingfeild of the other partie more plainlie maie appeare 
my will is that my brother Symon Aiscoughe shall redeeme the 
said landes bie paieing of one hundred and ten pounds upon the 
xvth of Aprill next as is mentioned in the said Indenture, and so 
to have the said landes to him and to his heires for ever or else to 
take the severall sommes of monie mentioned in the said Indenture 
to his owne use and suche further assurance as I the saide 

Henrie Ascoughe ought to doe by the covenants of the said 
Indentures. And for that purpose my will is yt the said Indenture 
with Mr. Bedingfeild his bonde for performance of the covenants 
thereof be delivered unto my said brother Symon Ascoughe that he 
maie thereby take notice what is to be doone by him in that 
behalfe and do make him mine executor of that bonde especiallie. 
To Elizabeth Aiscoughe my sister all my lands tenements and 


hereditaments in Morebie aforesaid to have and to hould the same 
to her and her assignes dureing her life naturall the Eemainder 
thereof I give to my brother Matthewe Aiscoughe and his heires 
for ever. I give to my said sister Elizabeth my lease which I 
howld of S^ Henrie Glenham Knight of certane landes in Morebie 
for and during all the terme of yeares therein not expieied. To 
my brother Matthewe Asconghe ten pounds of lawfull Englishe 
moneye to be paid within one yeare after my decease. My will 
and mynd is that my executrix be goode and kinde to my poore 
sister Margarett and to bestowe uppon her children what in her 
discretion she shall thinke good. And likewise I comend my 
sister Marie and her children to mie executrix as I have doone my 
sister Margarett. To my godson Henrie Mires xxs. To my 
brother Simon my best apparrell for my bodie with my 
riding furniture my baie gelding my rapier dagger and pistoll. To 
William Miers and his wife xxs. apiece. To Robert Crosse xxs. 
To Henrie Ascoughe the sonne of Clenton Ascoughe gent, my god- 
sonne xxs. To my godsonne Henrie Cressie xxs. To my god- 
sonne Henrie Keale iijs. iiijd. Eesidue to Elizabeth Ascoughe my 
sister whome I make and appointe my sole onlie and faithfuU 
executrix. I make Eaphe Townerawe gent my freinde supervisor 
and do give unto him xls. 

Prob. at Lincoln xxvth Januarii 1601 by Ex^. Personalty 
sworn 163ii. 10s. Od. 

Son of a Christopher Ayecongh, of the BIyborongh family, by Margaret, daughter of 
Sjmon BatteU, of Denham, in Suffolk. See Line. Vis. 1092, pp. 1-6. 


The xxvjth day of Aprill 1604. I Oliver Huddlestone of the 
Citty of Lincolne Tayler. To be buryed within the churchyard of the 
parish of St. Michael in the Mount within the Cittye of Lincolna 
To the repaire of the Church of St. Michael xijd. To Sicily my 
wife one rome for her to dwell in which is commonly called the 
kitchen with a litle house adjoyninge into it which kitchen 
abutteth upon the west upon a court or yard belonginge to the 
bowse of the said Oliver. And my will and minde is that the said 
Sicily my wife shall have and enjoy the said rowme or kitchen 
duringe her naturall life. And shall also have peaceable use of the 
well belonginge to the howse of the said Oliver to fetch water 
there at her pleasure. Eesidue to said wife whom I make sole 
executrix. My very good brother Mr. George Huddlestone of the 
Close of Lincolne clarke and my very good frend Mr. Eobert 
Milner of Newport in the Citty of Lincoln to be supervisors. 

Prob. at Lincoln xvj July 1604 by Ex*. 

A brother of the Rev. George Huddleston, Priest- Vicar of Lincoln Cathedral and 
Bector of Bnrton-by-Lincoln, whose Will was proved in 1618. The Hnddlestous were an old 
Lincoln citizen family. Rowland Hnddleston was Mayor in IGOl, and in 1584 Andrew 
Hnddleston was Sheriff of Lincoln. 




Guevara. Beinge resolved of some foraine course and fully 
determined to try my fortune in the warre for two or three yeres 
space I have upon long consideration disposed of my patrimonie, 
not for the greatest advantage but lawfully respectinge my duty 
and conscionable dealinge, in which time if by any sodaine 
accident or untimely sickness I bee surprised and change this 
transitorie life, not alteringe by word or writinge this my will or 
farewell to my freindes, wherin I have freely and carefully re- 
membered them, it may appeare by bondes and other debts which 
I have lastly noted this thirtieth day of October that the sume of 
my estate here remayninge is three hundreth three score pounds 
for which I am not to my knowledge any way indebted. Where- 
fore my desire is that my brother Henrie, if he bee then livinge do 
execute it in this manner, viz., my will is that to eche of my two 
sisters or to the use of them and their children within one half 
yeare bee paid in money fowerscore pounds, if they bee then 
widowes ; if not, the money to remaine in some £fend*s hands and 
be imploied for the use of their children that they may bee brought 
up in honest and godlie manner. I also give unto my brother 
Guevara a ringe or Jewell of twenty markes price ; to his son 
William twentie poundes in money when he shalbe one and 
twentie ; and to eche of my other brothers and sisters markiBS (sic) 
a peece to buy them ringes or other toyes of remembrance; to 
eche of my godchildren ten poundes when they shalbee one and 
•twentie ; to the poore of Lowth five poundes and them of Stanigot 
fourtie shillinges. The remainder I freely bequeth to my brother 
Henrie his use, not doubtynge his honest care and due regarde 
unto my poore sisters. In this maner I dispose my estate or 
patrimonie comitting myselfe to the protection of the almightie, 
who undoubtingly shall guyde mee for his owne glorie and my ever- 
lastinge comforte. 

George Guevara. 

I Richard Witt of London, Salter, heard Mr. George Guevara 
in November last, beinge the day when hee left this with mee, say 
that this was his last will. Maye 4 1603 per me Richard Witt. 

Memorandum. That I have left in trust with this my kinde 
freinde only two bondes the one of an hundreth poundes, and the 
other of fiftie, with a note which concemeth two other bondes 
which I left in the countrie and this my will, per me George 
Guevara. This is my will which after seaven yeres space whether 
I live or .die, retuminge not againe, I do acknowledge, but till yt 
instant of time my meaninge is that nothinge bee altered from the 
former state but remaine as it now dothe. 

Prob, at Lincoln by Henry Guevara, 12 May 1605. 

He was a younger son of Frands Gnerara, who was buried at Stenigot in 1693, Ho was 
baptized at Lonth in 1S81, and. aooording to the pedigree, died S.P. His brother Sir John 
Gn vara*B Will is giren later on. 

8 LINCOLNSHItlE WtLLS, 1600-1617. 



The Firste day of Auguste 1604. I Leonard Kirkeman 
of Easter Keale in the Countie of Lincoln Esquier sicke of 
bodie but of good and perfect remembrance (God be praised) do 
make and ordeine etc. My bodie to be buried at the discretion of 
my frendes. To Gartrid my wife all my landes and tenements in 
Easter Keall with appurtenances etc. dureing her life naturall and 
after her decease to Margaret my daughter and to her heires and 
assignes forever. To Jane Kirkeman my daughter the some of one 
hundred markes to be paid her within sixe yeares after my decease. 
To Elizabeth my daughter wife of Thomas Jackson five poundes and 
to Amy her daughter fortie shillinges. The v^*. to be paide within 
one yeare after my decease and the fortie shillings to be paide when 
the said Amy shall accomplish the age of eighteene yeares. 'To 
Bartholomew Lawrence my sonne in lawe twenty shillings to be 
paide within one yeare after my decease. To his sonne Leonard 
Lawrence twenty shillings and to his sonne John Lawrence twenty 
shillings to be paide when they shall accomplish the ages of xxj 
yeares. To Rose Pearsall during her life the yearly anuitie of 
liijs. iiijd. to be paid by my wife during her life and by my daughter 
Margaret after my wife's decease or by such person or persons as 
shall have the righte and interest of my landes formerly bequeathed 
and my will and mynde is that the said Rose shall have her meate 
drinke and lodginge with my executors duringe her life. Provided 
alwaies if anie of my said children or the said Rose Pearsall shall 
sue or anie waies moleste my executors or either of them for anie of 
my landes or goodes that this my guifte and bequeste to them given 
shall be utterlie voide and stande of noe effecte. To Thomas Lawne 
fortie shillings. To everie one of my servants ijs. vjd. To the pore 
of the parish of Easter Keale vjs. viijd. Residue to my wife 
Gartrid and my daughter Margaret whome I make my executors. 
I desire my sonne in lawe Mr. Bartholomew Lawrence and Mr. 
ffrancis Tirwhitt to be supervisors. I give to either of them tenne 
shillings. Prob. at Lincoln 1 Oct. 1 604 by Margaret Kirkman, 
powei being reseived to the other Ex^. 

Defloended from an old yeoman family at Ingoldmells, bat poeeibly originally from 
Yorkshire. His father John Kirkman was Executor to BUzabeth Gannte, see her Will, 
Na 66, 1 St series, and probably had married her daughter Amy. See also his brother Lyon 
Kirkman's Will and his brother William's, Kos. 249 and 863, let series, and his brother John's 
later on. 



The xxj day of ffebruarye 1603. Knowe me Thomas 
Grantham of Heckington in the County of Lincoln gent, beinge 
whole in mynde and perfect in remembrance doe give unto god 


hartye thankes for the same, doe revoke all wills and testamentes 
herebefore made for ever and doe here make this my last will and 
testament in manner and forme foUowingo — I will my body for to 
be buried in the churche of Heckington at my deske ende and it 
for to be coffened. I doe give unto the mother churche of 
Lincolne xijd. For my mortuarie as the law doth appointe. 
Towardes the repairinge of the churche of Heckington iijs. iiijd. 
To the poore of Heckington where moste neede is xs. To the 
Eingers of the bells that daye that I am buryed ijs. vjd. To every 
godchild that I have livinge vijd. and they for to beare me unto my 
grave and there laye me downe. To my hostes Lee ijs. vjd. and 
unto her husband xijd. To Jenye Bowthebee my nurse xxs. over 
and besides wages which of right shee ought to have. To Xrofer 
Daye my man ys. vjd. and to Betrice my maide xijd. To William 
Crbsbye my tenant all my apparell that I did weare most commonly 
every daye, everye thing parcell of the same except my silver 
buttons. All lands tenements etc. starr-fens, commons peat 
grounds feedinges, in Heckington, great Hale, Howell, Asgarby and 
!(laughton to Elizabeth my lovinge wife dureinge her life naturall 
without pechment of waste, and after her death I doe give to 
Elizabeth my grandchilde the house I doe nowe dwell in, and the 
half acre of meadowe in newe inge, the three leas in same close and 
one common with the peates and meadowe in newe pasture and 
northe fenne etc. in HecKington to the said Elizabeth my grand- 
childe dureing her life naturall. And after the deathe of Elizabeth 
my wife and Elizabeth my grandchilde to my son Baphe Grantham 
for life and then to his son Robert Grantham for life, and then all the 
aforesaid lands to the heirs male of me the said Thomas Grantham, 
and for lack of them to my heirs generall forever. Eesidue to wife 
Elizabeth and grandchild Elizabeth whome I doe make my whole 
and full executors. 

Prob. at Lincoln 5 Oct. 1604 by relict Elizabeth power reserved 
to the other Ex^. when of age. 

He may have been of the great Linooln family of Grantham, bat no indication is giyen 
in the Will. 



In the name of God Amen. I Anthonie Markham of Sydebrooke 
Knyght sick in bodie but of perfect memorie and whole in mynde doe 
ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and form folio winge. 
ffirst I bequeath my soule into the hands of almightie god through 
the mediation of Jesus Christ who hath redeemed it. And mv 
bodie christianlie to be buried in the Church of Sydebrooke nere 
my ffather with such funerall expenses as shall seme good to mine 
Executrix, ffor the worlde I will and bequeath to my seconde sonne 
Robert Markham my farme in Allington with the Appurtenances 

10 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

nowe in the tenure and occnpation of my uncle Eichard Markham 
gent dureinge the natural! life of my said sonne Bohert and for the 
jointure of such wife or wives as my said sonne Robert shall marry 
withall payinge unto my heire the usuall and accustomed Kent. 
And also I give aiid bequeath unto Henry Markham my thirde 
Sonne two other tenements with their Appurtenances in Allington 
aforesaide now in the occupation, of Eichard Lovett and Hobert 
Newboe after the expiration of the leases nowe in beinge dureinge the 
naturall life of my said sonne Henry and for the Jointure of such 
wife or wives as my said sonne Henry shall marry withall payinge 
unto my said heire the usuall and accustomed Bent. And all my 
children in generall I doe committ to the education of my Ladie 
Bridgitt Markham my deare wife who I desire may be brought upp 
virtuouslie religiouslie and in the feare of god, ffor the bettor 
eflfectinge whereof and for the more speedie payment of my debts I 
doe give unto my said wife all my householde goods plate Jewells 
Cattells and Chattells and goods whatsoever whome I doe make my 
soole and full Executrix of this my last will and testament, and 
lastlie herebie I doe revoke all former wills. Dated this xxiijth of 
November Anno Dom. 1604. By me Anthonie Markham. Prob. 
at Lincoln 25 Jan. 1604-5 by Ex^- 

He was the father of the 1st Baronet, Sir Robert Markham, who was so created in 1642. 
His wife was daughter of Sir James Harrington, Knt., of Exton. 


The 4th Feb. 1605. William Massingbirde of Kirton in the 
partes of hoUand yeoman. To Katherine my nowe wife the 
mansion house or messuage that I dwell in in Kirton, with 
six acres of lande and pasture for her life naturall. She to 
keep the said mansion house in good repair and not to waste any 
trees or wood save in reparation. Bequest of furniture linen etc. 
To Agnes Massingbird my onelie daughter and heire all my lands 
tenements etc. within the Eealme of England, the mansion house, and 
six acres excepted, to her and her heirs for ever ; also my horse mill 
and brewing lead. To my sister A.mye Oxlay a yearly rent of xxs. 
for life. If my daughter Agnes die without issue then my nephew 
George Oxlay and my neice Margaret Oxlay are to have my lands 
and tenements to them and their heirs. To the poor of Kirton xs. 
Bobert Harrison of Swineshead yeoman to have the custody of my 
daughter Agnes till she is fourteen years of age. I make my 
daughter Agnes my sole executrix, appointing Mr. Tuckney and 
Thomas Bankin of Kirton overseers of this my last will. 

No Prob. given. 

I cannot attach the testator to the main stem of the Massingberds, of Bratoft He was 
probably a cadet. 

LiNCOLirSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 11 



The 8 th September Ist Jac. I. I John Wesled of Bray toft in 
the countie of Lincolne gent. I committe my soule into the merci- 
full handes of almightie god my creatour preserver and redeemer 
and my bodie to bee buried in such convenient place as shalbe 
thought good by my executor. To the poore of Braytofte xls. To 
the poore of Winthorpe twentie shillings. To the poore in Boroughs 
in the Marshe twentie shillinges to be distributed by the church- 
wardens their within one monthe after my decease. To Eichard 
Holland xzs. To Francis Holland the son of Edward Holland 
twentie shillings. To Elizabeth Langton the daughter of Andrew 
Langton fourty shillings. To John, Marie, Catherine and Avisse 
Maxie children of my daughter Alice Yater everye one of them six 
poundes. To George Yater son of the said Alice Yater and to 
William Searson son of my daughter Elizabeth Higgens eyther of 
them six poundes. To Harbert, Elizabeth, Francis, Anne Marie 
and John Higgens children of the said Elizabeth Higgens my 
daughter everye of them six poundes. To William Wesled son of 
my son William Wesled deceased fifourty poundes. (All the above 
sums, except the xxs. given to Eichard Holland, to be paid when 
the legatees shall be 21 years of age.) And my will and meaninge 
is, that my exequutor shall not be chargable to pay the legacies 
above mentioned out of my goods or present estate, but that the 
same shalbee defrayed and discharged onlie by the money to bee 
receaved of my daughter in law ffrancis, nowe wife of William 
Hay warde of Grimolby gent., and late wife of my late sonne William 
Wesled deceased according to certaine articles made betweene mee 
the said John Wesled of the one partie and the said fErancis of the 
other partie, which articles are dated the fourthe dale of August in 
the xliijth yere of the reigne of Elizabeth late queene of Englande 
deceased. To every of my two daughters Alice Yater and Elizabeth 
Higgins ten poundes apeece to be taken out of the profites of my 
landes within two yeres after my deathe. To Eichard Maxey my 
nephew^e all my freehold landes in the Countie of Lincolne in 
possession and reversion during the minoritie of William Wesled 
son of my son William Wesled deceased, and after the said William 
Wesled do accomyplishe the full age of one and twentie yeres I will 
that all my said hmdes remaine to him the said William Wesled 
and the heires of his body lawfully begotten, and for want of such 
issue to my right heirs for ever. (Eichard Maxey to account to the 
supervisors during the minority of William Wesled for all sums of 
money received.) The saide Eichard Maxey shall yerely disburse 
and pay for the said William Wesled during his minoritie such 
charges and expences for his education and bringinge up in Leaminge^ 
or otherwise to bee bestowed for the gettinge of his Wardshippe or 


12 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

a lease of his landes as they my supervisors shall hest like in their 
discretion. And if it happen the said William Wesled to departe 
this worlde hefore hee shall accomplishe the full age of twentie and 
one yeres, then I will that all the said Commodities sumes of money 
and profites hy the said Eichard Maxey receavod as aforesaide shall 
he equally divided amongst all the children of my said two 
daughters Alice Yater and Elizabeth Higgens and of my late 
daughter Anne Blancherd deceased which shall be then living. 
And I do hereby give remise and release unto the said William 
Wesled my grand childe, so muche as in mee is, his wardship 
mariage forfyture of mariage and all other benetites and com- 
modities whatsoever to the saide incident or belonginge. And 
whereas I bought of Roberte Maxey late father of the said 
Eichard Maxey deceased one close of pasture ground beinge in 
Burrough in the marshe conteyning by estimation eight acres 
commonly called or knowen by the name of Neapstocko for the 
sume of fifty poundes, my will and meaning is, that if the said 
Eichard Maxey shall pay the said sume of fiftie poundes unto the 
said William Wesled my grandchild, within six months after he 
accomplish the age of 21 yeres, that then the said clope shall 
remayne to the said Eichard Maxey and his heirs forever. I give 
to Eichard Maxey ten pounds and to Francis Markham three 
pounds six shillings and eightpence, and to Francis the wife of 
William Haywardo my daughter in law ten shillings. To Anne 
and Elizabeth Maxey daughters of Eichard Maxey ten shillings 
each. To Francis and Anne daughters of the said Francis Markham 
ten shillings each. I give to my said grandchild William Wesled 
my swanne mark togither with all my swannes and signittes yonge 
and olde to the same marke belonginge. And whereas I have a 
table with a frame standinge in the parlour at my dwelling house 
in Bratoft I geve the same to continue there for an heireloome for 
ever. Eesidue to grandchild William Wesled when he is 21. I 
make Eichard Maxey my sole executor, and I make William 
Haywarde of Grimoldby gent, Eichard Higgins of Bratoft gent, 
William Simcotts of Cockerington gent and Leonard Ithell of 
Bratofte clerke supervisors, and give them five marks apeice. 

A schedule annexed unto the Will. 

All former giftes and legacies comprised in this my said will 
notwithstandinge, I give unto the towne of Bratofte an Annuitie 
and rent charge of twentie sixe shillings and eight pence yerely 
towardes the mainteynance of a schoole of leaminge for the bringinge 
up of youthe in the feare of god in the said parishe. And the 
said sume of money to be paid unto the churchwardens of the said 
towne for the time then beinge at the usuall rent dayes namely at 
the feast of St. Botulphe and of St. Michael the Archangell by 
even portions issuing and leviable out of a tenement late in the 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 13 

the tenure and occupation of John Mawer whiche I purchased of 
Augustine Aideson in Bratofte aforesaid for ever. 

xvijth Oct. 1605. 

Moreover I give unto Richard Higgins my sonne in lawe both 
my privie seales, one for the loane of twentie poundes unto our 
late soveraigne queene Elizabeth bearinge date the xvjj of ffebruarie 
in the xxxixth yeare of her raigne collected by S"^ George Sampoll 
(St. Paul) knight. Item the other for the loane of the like some 
of xx^ unto our dreade soveraigne Kinge James bearing date the last 
daye of Julie in the second year of his raigne of Englande ffrance 
and Ireland and of Scotland the eight and thirtie, collected by 
Thomas Grantham. 

Prob. at Lincoln 2 April 1606 by Ex"^. 

See Vis. of line , 1592, where a short pedigree is given. Maxwell In the pedigree is a 
mistake for Maxey. Under the Protectorate of Philip Wesled compounded for his estate fbr 
i^8, and Thomas Wesled for £26, both being of Great Grimsby. 



The xxxth daye of Julye 1606. I^ichard Williams of denton 
within the soake of Grantham and in the countie of Lincoln gent, 
consideringe the frayltie of man and ho we necessarye a thing yt is to 
be in continuall readines whensoever the good pleasure of allmightie 
god shalbee to calle doe being in good remembrance though in bodyly 
syckness make and ordeyne my laste will and testament. My bodye 
to be buried in the Quyre of the parish church of denton where I used 
to sitt. Touchinge my landes and tenements whereof I am nowe 
seased within the Realme of Englande I doe wholly give and 
and graunt to my son John Williams and his heires forever and 
my wife to have her thirdes during her naturall life of all my saide 
landes ye which I request my sonne John to lett her have sett out 
by agreement of frendes to her content as I doubt not but in his 
love and dewtie towardes her he wiU doe and not to enforce her by 
law to sett it out by suite. I doe give to my said wife the use of 
that chamber in my nowe dwelling house wherein I nowe lye and 
the Inner Chamber joyning unto y t wherein the maides lye togither 
with one moytie of all my Inne houses and outhouses for and during 
the naturall life of my said wife if shee keepe herselfe sole and 
unmarried. And my sonne John to have my closett or studie 
wherein my evidences lye with free egresse and regresse to the said 
study e at all convenient tymes without lett or disturbance and that 
the said closett or study shall not be lymyted or sett out as any 
parte of my wyves said mo v tie of my said houses. To the 
repaire of the parish church of denton xxs. To the poore xxs. 
To my daughter Bridgett wife unto Mr. George Pighte cc^. 
she to release my said wife and son John of all claim and title to 

14 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

my lands and tenements aforesaid. He to do the same. To my 
daughter Alice cc^. to bee paid in manner and forme foUowinge — 
one hundred markes parcel! of the said cc^. upon the day of the 
marriage of the said Alice, and that day twelve moneths after one 
hundred markes and the other c markes residew of the said cc^. 
in and upon that day twoe yeares after the said marriage upon 
condition that the said Alice doe marry with the good liking and 
consent of my wife her mother my said sonne John her brother 
and my brother George Allen her uncle— or other wayes this my 
guifte of cc^*. to be voide, and my said daughter to stand to the 
curtesye of my said wife and my said sonne John. To Elizabeth 
my daughter cc^. in suche manner as formerlye I have sett downe 
for my daughter Alice. To Richard Clarke my servant xxs. And 
my will is that my said wyfe and sonne shall give to Thomas 
l^ewcome my old servant meat and drinke lodging and apparell 
fitt for him during his natural life, if he be determined to take it, 
doing for my said wief and sonne such usuall service in the house 
as accustomably he hath done, and as his age nowe will permitt. 
Residue to my wife and sonne whom I make executors. My brother 
Mr. George Allen supervisor, being well assured of his good love 
and affection to me and to myne. I doe give unto him over and 
above such charges as he shall lay out in travelling about this 
business xls. in gold to make a seale and ringe to wear for my sake. 
Prob. at Lincoln xxj Nov. 1606 by John Williams, the other 
Executor renouncing. 

In 1633 William Welby of Denton married Eleanor danghter of John Williams; I 
presume ^e son of the testator. 



The xviijth Dec 1606. John Dighton of Minting gent. My 
will is my bodie shall be buried in the parish' church of Baumbrough 
nigh unto the sepulture of Margret my late wife deceased. To the 
poore of Minting, Baumbrough, Hattou, Swabie, Ashby beside 
Grymsbie, Wolley in Yorkshire, to every of these six townes xls. 
to be delivered by my Executours into the handes of the parson, 
vicar, or churchwardens of the said townes for ever. And the said 
money so by them to be letten and the use thereof to be divided 
amongst the poore, needfull, and impotent people of the said 
townes for ever in every of the aforesaid parishes upon the ffeaste 
of St. Thomas the Apostell before Christmas yearlie^ To Thomas 
Dighton of Minting the son of William Dighton of Ombie vj^. 
To my niece Margerie Dighton, John Nayler, and my nephewe 
Robert Collyenes all my household stuff (my silver plate excepted) 
to be divided among them. To my nephew Robert Collyenes x^. 
To Richard Willie, Margret Nayler, and Margery Dighton children 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 15 

of my sister Elizabeth Dighton to every of them x". To the children 
of Kobert Webster who was my sister's son xx^. to be divided among 
them. To John Dighton my godchilde sonne of Thomas Dighton 
my nephew c^., the interest thereof to be paid yearlie to him that 
shall have the keeping and bringing up of him the isaid John 
Dighton by my Executors ; the principall to remain in my executors' 
hands till he is fourteen years of age. Then to be bound appren- 
tice with part of the money, and the remainder to continue in my 
executors' hands till he is 21 years of age. To the said John 
Dighton all my plate. If he die before the age of 21, then all the 
legacies to him are to be divided among my sister's children and 
their children. To Elizabeth Thorpe daughter of my cosen Joyes 
Goldingham xls. To Christopher Kandes of Burton, gent, and to his 
wife xLs. apiece. To my cosen Mary Ashton my Gannapie that 
hangeth over my bedd, and one mourning gowne of blacke. To 
Richard Beverlay Yicar of Minting xls. on condition he make a 
deed of release to my executors of all debts aud duties within one 
month after my decease. To my cosen Mary Ashton my executrix 
the sister of Thomas Dighton of Little Sturton Esquire fourty 
pounds and no more. To William Temes of Minting v^. and to 
Elizabeth his wife iij". To William Peckfeild of Dedham in 
Suffolk xij^*. To Thomas Page of Gretham yeoman vj^. (Small 
legacies to servants, etc.) I will that there be dealt amongst the 
poore at my buriall in dole vj^. I will that foure of [the 
most aged and impotent men in Minting shall have mourning 
gownes of black cotton or freise and shall goe before my corpes 
to my buriall. I will that two hearses of black cotten be 
comelie sett over the sepulture of me and Margret my late 
wife. And for my generoU expences over and besides the 
former I give and allowe unto my Executors xiij^. vjs. viijd. Also 
I will that foure men which shall carry my corpes unto the Churche 
shall have every of them a black mourning coate. To Clement 
Cooke of Minting gent. xxs. and to Sarah his wife xls. and to 
Elizabeth, Alice, and Anne his daughters xxs. apiece. I give 
moreover to him and his heirs certain lands I purchased in 
Minting. Eesidue of my goods etc. to be distributed by my Executors 
among my sister's children and their^s. Fynally, whereas about 
vij or viij yeares agoe by reason of much impotency and weakness 
of bodie I was enforced to make choyce of some friend to have 
the ordering and disposition of my goodes and landes to my 
best use and .benefit during my life, and by the motion and 
perswation of some friendes made choice of one Robert Dighton of 
London goldsmith to commyt my trust unto, which said Robert 
Dighton then being come into the Countrye and fallen much into 
decay and want upon Conference had did gladlie undertake and 
faithf uUy promise honestly to execute the same, whereupon I did 

16 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

not only give a lettre of Atturney unto him to take and imploy my 
goods to my best use and benefit during my like, but also was 
persuaded to make a will and therein appoynted him sole Executor, 
and only in consideration^ of his future service and paynes about 
me to be taken during my life was drawne and persuaded to make 
an estate unto him in reversion of certayne landes in Minting now 
by this will given and bequeathed unto Clement Cooke and his 
heires. But the said Robert Dighton contrary to the trust and 
confidence in him reposed, having no sooner obtayned a Deede 
thereof togither with a lettre of Atturney and a will under my hand 
and seale and having gotten into his possession all such bills and 
bondes of debt as by any meanes were due unto me, amounting 
in all to foure hundred poundes or thereabouts did not only in 
most grosse manner abuse me and myne in my house, but presently 
alter got him to London and carryed with him all my saide bills 
and bondes and diverse others of my evidences and writings and 
would by noe meanes be drawne either to come downe to relieve 
me or redeliver my said writings. Whereupon I was enforced to 
make choice of some others to helpe me in my present necessity 
and to recover out of his handes by order of Lawe and all such 
bills and bondes of debts as I could then particularly remember, 
which by no meanes else could be obtayned. Upon which mis- 
demeanour and trust broken, and by unkinde and more indirect 
meanes practised I have thought good to revoke that will, and 
recall such deede and lettre of Atturney, and do hereby altogether 
disanull, make frustrate revooke disallow, all such deedes, will and 
lettre of Atturney to him made, and do ordayne make ratifie and 
confirme this my last will and testament. I make George Ashton 
of Minting gent., and Marie his wife my full executors. And 
Thomas Gouldingham gent, supervisor, and give him for his paines 

Prob. at Lincoln 7 Oct. 1607 by George Ashton ; power reserved 
to the other Ex^ 

The testator was one of the family of Dighton, of Stnrton, before that, of Lincoln, and 
probably, more remotely, of Yorkshire. 


This 18th March in the second yere ef the reigne of our 
Sovereigne Lord K. James etc. I John Guevera of Stanigott in 
the Countie of Lincoln Esquire being whole of bodie and according 
to that measure god hath given me of a perfect minde and memorie, 
his name bee praised, doe make and ordaine this my last will etc. 
I recomend my soule into the handes of allmightie god beinge fullie 
assured that I shall be saved by the merits and mediation of his 
Sonne Christe Jesas whose all sufficientcie hath satisfied the justice 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 17 

of god his father, for mee, whose deathe hath made an attonement 
betweene god and mee, and whose rysinge againe doth perswade 
mee that he hath conquered death and will raise me up at the last 
in glorye. I will that if I die in Lincolnshire my bodie shall bee 
buried in the Churche of Stanigott in the place between the bodies 
of my dead ffather and mother. Item I will that there bee a marble 
stone bought and laid over the place where my father's corpes was 
buried whereon I would have ingraven in greate letters his name, 
the place and country from whence hee came, the names of his 
wyfes and children hee had, the age hee lived and the yere and daye 
hee dyed in. Furthermore I will devise and appointe yt S*^ 
Nicholas Saunderson of ffillingham in the Countie of Lincolne, 
Knight, and Captaine Henrie Guevera of Barwicke my lovinge and 
beloved brothers shall and may have hould occupie and enjoy e all 
that my manner and lordshipp of Stanigott in the countie of Lincoln 
with the rightes, members and appurtenances etc. And all my 
premisses in Asterbie, (certain landes etc. being excepted) to have 
and to hould the same and to receive the rentes etc. during the 
minoritie of my sonne Francis Guevera my heire apparent. Touch- 
inge the education of my sonne ffrancis Guevera or such other my 
Sonne or sonnes as shall be heire if the saide ffrancis doe not live I 
will limitt and appointe that he the saide fi&ancis my sonne shall 
have these three yeres, hee continuynge his studie in the universitie 
of Cambridge, thirtye poundes yerelye and from and after his 
departure thence hee travalinge for increase of his learninge unto 
anie of the universities of the protestantes in Germanie and there 
continuinge by the space of other three yeres which as a father I 
enjoyn him to doe as well for his setlinge in religion as further 
enablinge in all gentleman like studies for knowled, my will is yt 
hee shall have durihge such his dutifull observance of my direction 
herein fortie poundes yearlie which I thinke sufficient to mainetaine 
him frugallie and honestlie, out of my said manor, lands and tene- 
ments aforesaid. (A portion to be raised for younger son William 
Guevera.) To Anne Guevera my beloved wief my capitall house 
or messuage in Stanigott with all my landes etc. (excepte onely one 
Sheepwalke called the Warrend) with my water milne and water 
course or streame nowe in my owne occupation etc. for and in nature 
of her jointure and in recompence and discharge of her dower, 
duringe her naturall lief etc. I give and bequeath unto the said 
Anne my beloved wief my coach with the furniture and two of my 
best horses. Also the one half of all my household stuffe and 
plate. To my sister Amcotes ten poundes. To my beloved brother 
Henrie Guevara ten poundes. To S' Nicholas Saundersonne a 
ringe with fortie shillings. To my cosen Whittington xls. to buy 
him a ringe. To Mr. Cooke preacher of Louthe xxs. (Legacies to 
servants.) I give unto the poore of Stanigott fortie shillings, and 


18 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

which I maye not forgett I givo unto my Cosen and assured fiende 
Mr. George Allington and his good wiof to either xls. to bee 
bestowed in some thinge as memorandum of my confirmed love 
towards them. I give to my little Roberte Saunderson fortie 
shillings to buy some eare toye which to receave as a token of my 
love. To ffrancis Guevara my sonne the other moytie and halfe of 
all my household stuffe and all my bookes and Armour with all 
thinges thereunto belouginge. (Entail of Stanigott manor on 1st, 
Francis Guevara ; 2nd, William Guevara ; 3rd, his brother Henry 
Guevara ; 4th, his right heirs.) I make S' Nicholas Saunderson 
Knight my lovinge brother in lawe and Captaine Henrie Guevara 
my beloved brother Executors until Francis Guevara is 21. These 
are the thinges that I thought to doe, and I hope the Lord God 
will grant the performance thereof accordingelye, there is unto all 
thinges an appointed time and ther will bee an end of all thinges, 
whilest wee live wee are carefull for the world and at our deathe 
wee endeavour to have our state continued to our posteritie, yet 
wee knowe that man cannot abyde in honour for hee is compared 
unto the beasts that perishe. This is our Pilgrimage, and such is 
our vanitie, but there is nothinge like to the feare of ye Lorde, for 
hee doth give his children the blessinge of peace, this can I wishe 
but not leave unto my children. God hath blessed mee thus, and 
I beseech him to blesse us, soe that wheather wee live or dye wee 
may bee his. Amen. John Guevara. 

A schedule of parcels of land annexed being what was left to 
Dame Anne Guevara in the above will. Ratified and confirmed 
3d June 1607. 

Prob. at Lincoln 23d July, 1607, by Sir Henry Guevara, Knight, 
the other exr., Sir Nicholas Saunderson, renouncing. 

The testator was Knighted 28 March, 1604-5, after he made his will. He married 
Anne, daughter of Robert Saunderson, of Sazby. Reasby, eto. After Sir John, the Guevara 
famUy denned. His father, Francis Velez de Guevara, came from Biscay, in Spain. In 
1685 Sir John's son, Francis Guevara, sold the manor of Oawkwell to John South, of Eelstem. 
Stenigot passed to the Alingtons, of Swinhope. Susan, sister of the testator, married Matthew 
Amootts, of Wickenby ; and another sister, Catherine, married John Chapman, of Scamblesby 


The 1 2th Feb. 1 606. Richard Berrisfford of the cittie of Lincolne 
gent. (Nuncupative will.) He made Margaret his wife his sole 
executor. He gave Alice Colt his sister twenty pounds. His wife 
was to bring up and maintain Margery Colt his sister's daughter, 
" till shee wear otherwise better provided for by her said mother." 
He made his good neighbours and friends Mr. Doctor Barber and 
Mr. Leonard Carr supervisors. 

Prob. at Lincoln 6 June 1607 by Ex*. 

* Another member of the Beresford family of Leadenham. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILL8, 1600-1617. 19 



The 6tb July, the fifth year of James King of England etc. and of 
Scotland the fortieth. I Humfry Bogge of Donington in the parts 
of Holland and in the County of Lincoln esquire. My bodye to 
be buryed in the south quere of the parish church in Donington 
aforesaid, and for my mortuarie as the kinge's lawes requireth. 
To the Cathedral Church of Lincoln xijd. To the repaire of the 
Church of Donington xs. To the repare of the Church of Sutterton 
xs. To the use of the poore of Sutterton fortie shillings, to be 
disposed according to a former legacye given by my deceased father. 
To the poore of Donington fiftie shillings. To the children of 
Richard Quincye iij^. vjs. viijd. apiece when 21. To Josua Bogge 
my brother fortie shillings. To Samuell Bardyn my kinsman 
fif teene poundes. To Francis Pasmore the younger iij^. vjs. viijd. 
when 21. To every one of my servants xs. To Elizabeth Pouncett 
xxs. To Katherine Muncke xxs. To John Bardyn xs. To 
Hellen Garth xs. To Isabel my well beloved wife twelve of my 
best milche kine, one bull, fower score ewes and fower score lambes, 
my bald amblinge gelding, a bald mayre, one fole, a blacke rydinge 
nagg«, a little browne bay maire, a paire of draughte oxen and my 
waine, two of my younge geldinges, an iron gray that was of the 
water mayre, and the other gelding, a bay that was of the bald mayre 
afore given unto her. Item halfe my household stuffe and halfe 
my old corne. Item my wood and timber in my yeard wherein I 
nowe dwell. Item all my customarie landes holden of the manor 
of Earles Hall in^fframpton, all my customarie landes holden of 
Munckes Hall in Gosberkirke and five acres of coppiehold landes 
holden of the manor of Wickes in Donington, for her life naturall ; 
remaynder to James Bogge my sonne and to his heires for ever. 
Item to my said wife my mansion-howse wherein I nowe dwell 
with all my freehold landes etc. in Donington ; she to pay my son 
James Bogge fiftie poundes a year, and fortie shillings a year to 
the eldest sonne of John Quarleys of Wansworth during the space 
of fower yeares and a halfe to keepe him at Oxford. My said wife 
to have the use of my parsonage of Bicker so long as she shall keep 
herself unmarried ; the ground lease and assignments which I have 
of the same to remayne in the custodie of my sonne James Bogge. 
Item to my wife, my brother, Charles Metham of Bullington Esq., 
my Sonne James Bogge and to his wife, xxs. apiece to make them 
ringes withal, the posey eadens subito. To my brother Hickb of 
Boston and his wife my sister, to my brother Whittingham and his 
wife, to my nephewe Quarleis of Ufford, to my brother Quarleis of 
Ufford and his wife, to my brother Jonas and his wife, to my 
brother Quincye and his mfe, and to my nephewe Quarleys xs. 
apiece for ringes with posey as aforesaid. Item I give to Charles 

20 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Metham of Bullington Esq. and to Jasper Hickes of Boston, gent., 
two partes of fif tie three acres of pasture, and fortie acres of salt 
marshe holden of the right honourable Thomas Earle of Exeter as 
of his soke of Kirton by knight's service towardes the payment of 
my debts and discharge of my legacyes. Also I give to them two 
partes of all my landes holden of Huntingfeild Hall in Bicker to 
the like use during the tearme of two yeares. Eesidue to my 
Sonne James Bogge whom I make sole executor. 

Sealed and acknowledged as the last will etc. 18 July 1607, in 
the presence of Leonard Furie. 

25 July 1607 at Lincoln. Admon. given to Charles Metham of 
Bullington during the minority of James Bogge the ex'. Power 
being reserved. 

The Boggs probably came from Ck>. Notte., and were the same as the Bagg tamily, 
bearing the same arms. Giles Bogg, of Sntterton, married the heiress of the Grandorge 
family : see Vis. of Lina, 1562, and Wills 197 and 245 in Ist series. Sir James Bogg, knt., 
married Katherine, daughter of Oharles Metham, of Bullington. 



The 14th day of Januarie 1607. I Nicholas Madison of 
Wetheme in the Countie of Lincoln clerke. I give my soule to 
almightie god who hath happely made me and by the precious 
death of his deare sonne Christ hath redeemed me, and my body 
to be buried within my greate chancell in Wytheme aforesaid. To 
the Cathedral Church of Lincoln xijd. and to my parish church of 

niVetheme ijs. To the better helpe and releife of the pore^in 
Witheme the some of xxxs. in monye wherwith I appoint two 
chalders of coles shalbe bought and so be sould to the poorest sort 
in Witheme in time of winter by the collectors for the poore 
or churchwardens of Wytherne for the time being as that the said 
sume of xxxs. may remaine for the yearly provision of two 
chalders of coles to the use and benefitt of the said poore of 

-^yitheme for ever. To every of Christopher Maddison's children 
vs. To every of my late brother William Maddison's children 
vs. To every of my sister Elizabeth Burrell's children vs. 
To Nicholas Madison sone of Marke xs. to be putt out to his use 
untill he come to lawful age. To Dorcas Madison daughter of the 
said Marke Madison vjs. viijd. to be putt out etc. To George 
Maddison my sonne and his heirs for ever all my houses and landes 
in Wetheme Staine and ffulstroppe fenne according to two deeds 
of feoflEment made by me unto Thomas Mawer and Bryan Cramer 
of Wetheme to certaine uses in the said deed specified beareing 
date the xxij day of December in the xxxviijth yeare of the raigne 
of our late soveraigne Lady Elizabeth. To the said George 
Maddison my sonne my gilded maser my gilded salte foure silver 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 21 

spoones my best, and the bed furnished which I bought of Mr. 
Eichard Allen. To the said George Maddison my soune my best 
framed table my best carpett my best chaire iiij buffet stoles my 
best landirons my best cobirons and mine Iron chimne. To Anne 
Madison my sonne George's wife one cubberd which I bought of 
Thomas Cooke. To S' George ffitzwilliams of Mablethorpe xxs. in 
gould. To every one of my poore kinsfolks in Tottle, Gaiton or 
elsewhere xijd. and unto every one of my godchildren xijd. I will 
that Elizabeth Burrell daughter of Elizabeth Burrell be educated 
and brought up by my executors untill the age of xviij yeares, and 
then shall have paid unto her one Que or xxs. in monye. To Alice 
Barker my daughter's daughter x^. and xxs. to be paid yearlie to her 
use till she is xxj yeares or married. Also to the said Alice the 
bed furnished which standeth in the chamber over the parlor. To 
Thomas and Elizabeth Barker my said daughter's children xs. apiece. 
To Jane Pesse my daughter and Stephen her son xxs. apiece. To 
every poore house in Wethern iiijd. To Nicholas Prestwicke and 
his tljree sonnes \js. apiece. To John Pesse xs. To every of my 
servants ijs. and to Thomas Chapman iij ewes and three lambes to 
be delivered unto him at clipping time. To Mr. ffrancis Hanby xs. 
in gold. Eesidue to be equally divided between my wife Isabel 
and my sonne George Maddison. I appointe my wife Isabel sole 
executor. If she refuse, then my sonne George Maddison and my 
sonne in law John Pesse. I ordaine my son in law Eichard Barker 
supervisor and give him xs. I will that Isabel my wife shall not 
claime any dowrie in my ground in ffullstropp fenne given to my 
sonne George or shall lay claime to any plate or household stuff she 
brought with her. To Charles Goodhand and Magdalen Goodhand 
his sister xs. I desire Mr. Eichard Hanby to Preach at my buriall 
to whome I give my best booke he will chuse in my small librarie, 
Prob. at Lincoln 25 Jan. 1607 by Ex^ 

He was one of the Trnsthorpe branch of the Maddiaons, which first appears In the Vis. 
of Line, in 1084. It cannot be attached to the Fonaby famUy which came from Durham in 



The 26th July 1 607. I John Markham, Gent., one of the sonnes 
of John Markham late of Seidbroke in the County of Lincoln Esq. 
Whereas I am indebted to my brothers and to some other persones 
in divers somes of money, I will and appoint that they shall be 
fullie satisfied and payed etc. My mind is that S' Ealph Barton, 
Knight, William Ellis, Esquier, and firancis Bullingham, Esquier, 
whoe have divers lands and tenements in trust to my use (viz., all 
the landes in Norf olke which were my said late ffather's, for that I 
have compounded with my brothers for their partes therein and the 
further parte of my said late ffather's lands in Holland in the 

2S LiNCOLl^SHiRE WILLS, 1600-161?. 

countie of Lincoln) shall and will hereof dispose to the executors 
of this my wilL That is that with the sale thereof or of parte 
thereof my dehts legacies and funerall expenses may he discharged. 
And then for the residewe of the saide landes or residewe of the 
said monye thereupon cominge I doe give one thirde parte thereof 
to S' PhiUip Tirwhitt, Knight, S"^ Hamond Whichcote, Knight, 
and to the said William Ellis, Esquier, and their heires to he 
disposed of accordinge to my secrett trust hy mee made knowne 
unto the said S^ Phillip Tirwhitt and William Ellis. Item I give 
the other twoe partes to my lovinge hrothers Charles and William 
Markham, and to their heires. I appointe my lovinge hrother in 
lawe Mr. Anthony Ayre to hee my executor and give him x^., and 
to my lovinge sister his wief x^. Eesidewe of my goods to he 
disposed of as I have disposed of my lands etc. To my lovinge 
Brother in lawe S"^ Hamond Whichcote v". and to his wife my 
lovinge sister v^. To my loving hrother in lawe John Molineux 
Esq. v^*. and to my sister his wife v^*. To Mr. Richard Banester 
in respect of his great paines taken within this my sicknes, and of 
many other kindnesses hy him done unto mee twenty marks. To 
my lovinge aunte the liidy Martha Tirwhitt xls. To my lovinge 
cosen Mrs. Ellis xls. To my lovinge sister in law the Lady 
Markham xls. I will my executor shall out of my lands or other- 
wise sufi&cientlie convey unto my aunt Homsey xxs. annuitie for 
lief, and to William Bonye one annuitie of xxs. for lief, and an 
annuitie of xxs. to William Bradshawe for life. I give xxs. apiece 
to William Symney servant to my hrother George, to Thomas 

Notley servant to my brother William, and to — • Fox servant 

to my brother Charles. Witnessed by Philip Tirwhitt, William 
Ellis and others. 

Prob. at Lincoln 16 Oct. 1607 by Anthony Ayre Ex"^. 

An nnole of Sir Anthony Markham, whoM Will has been given. 



The 28th Sept. in the fyfte yeare of the raigne of James Kinge of 
England Frances and Ireland, and of Scotland the fourtith and one. 
John Skipwith of Staine in the the Countie of Lincoln, gent. I 
give unto fi&ances my wief two Kyne, one trussle bedsted with a 
featherbed and all the furniture thereof. Item all the money that 
is fallen due unto mee and to her in Yorke by the death of Mistres 
ffaith Meres late wief of Laurence Meres late of Yorke Esquire 
deceased, by an awarde maide betwixt Hamon Upton of Wainfleet 
in the Countie of Lincoln Esquire and Eobert Purley of Thorpe in 
the said Countie gent., of the one part, and Mr. W^aterhouse Mr. 
Jackson and others of Yorke executors to the said Laurence Meres 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 23 

of the other parte, provided allwaies and my will is that if anie 
suite or trouble happen for the recoverie of the said money that the 
foresaid ffrances my wief shall of her sole and proper costs and 
charges demande recover and receive the same to her best use and 
benefette, and that my Executor shall not anie waye stand charged 
with the recoverie or payment of the said money or of anie parte 
or parcell thereof. And all though this bee but a small portion yet 
I desire her to bee contented therewith in regard . of two hundred 
pounds which I gave unto Dorothy Upton her doughter at the 
time of her. marriage at which time indeede the said ffrances my 
wief did promise me to bee contented with whatsoever I should 
give her at the houre of my death ; and further I give unto the 
said ffrances my wief twentie pounds in money whereof sixteen 
pounds and ten shillings remaineth in the hands of Mr. Valentine 
Upton her sonne, due unto mee as parcell of my last Botulphe's 
Eent, and the other three pounds and ten shillings to bee paid to 
her by my executors. To the Cathedrall Church of Lincoln xijd. 
To Marie Smith five pounds on the daye of her marriage. To my 
brother William Skipwith ffourtie shillings. To my brother 
Trustram Skipwith xxs. To my cosen Everard Buckworth of 
Wisbitch a double soveraigne. To Theophilus Buckworth a double 
soveraigne. To William his brother a double soveraigne. To the 
poore of Skedbrooke and Saltflete-haven ten shillings. To the 
poore of Ingoldmells six shillings and eightpence. To the poore of 
Anderbie five shillings. To S^ George ffitzwilliam of Mablethorpe, 
knight, a double soveraigne. To Gawin Skipwith my eldest sonne 
all my lands, tenements etc. to him aud his heires forever. To 
my good Ladie Saundersonne a double soveraigne. To my Ladie 
Turwhitt late wief of Mr. Eobert ffitzwilliam Esquier a double 
soveraigne. To my sister Harrington one heckfer which she has 
now in her custodie. I request and desire the right worshipfuU 
S' Nicholas Saundersonne of ffillingham knight, S*^ John Langhton 
of Boston knight, and my cosen Edward Skipwith of Bennieworth 
esquire to bee supervisors ; and give to each a double soveraigne. 
I make my sonne Gawin Skipwith full and sole executor. 
Prob. 23 March 1607 by Ex^ 

An illegitimate branch of the Sklpwiths of South Onnsby. Testator had married 
as his 2nd wife, Frances, daughter of Lawrence Meres. 



The 28th Sept. 1 606. George Skepper of Boston in the Countie of 
Lincoln gent, made and ordeined his Last will and testament in 
manner and forme following. ffirste and before all things he 
bequethed his soule to almightie god. And his body to be buried 
in the parrish church of East Kyrckby. And as concerning hys 

24 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

worldly goodes he gave and bequethed them all and singuler to 
Suzanne his welbeloved wief willing her to see his dettes payd and 
his funerall performed. And to take all that he had and paye all. 
These being present, John Lacon of East Kirkby, Mrs. ffrances 
Cheyney and Mrs. Anne Cheyney. 

Prob. at Boston 30 March 1607 by Susanna Skepper relict 
and ex*. 

One of a family from Dmrham which settled at East Kirkby in the 16th centnry. 


S' Richard Pell of Dembleby in the County of Lincoln Knight, 
sicke in body etc. My body I give to the earth from whence it 
came to be buryed where it shall please my Executrix which I would 
have done without any chargeable funeralls. To my welbeloved 
wyffe Dame Katherine Pell idl my lands etc. in Haceby-Briggend 
and Horblinge to her and her heirs forever to sell and otherwise 
dispose thereof at her will and pleasure. Item all my goods, leases, 
chatties, and debts to bringe my body honestly to the ground and 
to pay my debts withalL I make her my sole executrix. Dated the 
29th March, 1607. Witnessed by Anne and Mary Pell and others. 

Prob. 31 Oct. 1637 by Ex^ 

See pedigree in Vis. of 1592. Testator's wife was Eatherine daughter of Anthony Meres 
of Anbonm. 



The 30th March 1602. I Harbert Lac»n of Humberstone in the 
county of Lincoln gent, being hole in body and of perfect remem- 
brance, god be thanked, weighing with myself this our fickill estate 
in this transitorie world with the uncertentie of theis our trouble- 
some dales as also what and how dangerous a thing it is in the 
tyme of sickness to trouble our minds and consciences with anie 
worldlie affaires do ordeine and make etc. And for my bodie my 
request is, if it please god to call me to his mercie in Humberstone, 
to have it buried in the little qweare besides my wife's corpse and 
my mother's. To the Church of Humberstone vs. To the poore 
of the same towne xxs. To the poore of Cleethorpes xs. To the 
poore of Grymesbie xs. To a preacher for my funerall sermon xs. 
To Cristabell my wife all snch somes of monie and goods as I with 
my brother Blundeston stand bounde to leave her at the hower of 
my death. The Inventorie whereof as she herself did praise them 
doth lemaine in this box with this my last will. Moreover I 
give unto her fiftie pounds with the chesse bedd wherein she lieth 
with all the furniture thereunto belonging. To my daughter 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 25 

Turwhit a peyce of plate called a beaker with a Spurr Eiall. To 
Nell her daughter iij^*. vjs. viijd. To my daughter Leake one litle 
salt duble gilte and a Spur Eiall. To my sister Horsley (?) and my 
sister Susan to either of them a Spur RialL To my sonne Hansert 
and my daughter Patchett either of them a duble ducket. To my 
brother William all my apparell and iij". vjs. viijd. in monie, and 
to his Sonne Robert xls. Residue of goods and plate unbequeathed 
to my sonne William Lacon whom I make sole executor. My 
sonnes in law Mr. Edward Skipwith and f&ancis Tirwhitt super- 
visors, and give either of them xxs. 

Mem. That my wife hath in her owne custodie both her 
braceletts with all the goulde to them belonging. 

Prob. at Lincoln 8 March 1607 by Ex^ 

He married first. Anne, daughter of Nicholas BItindeston, see Vis. of 1592, pa. 46 ; and 
secondly, Christabel, daughter of Matthew Snttlifte. of Grimsby, and widow of Richard 
Hansard, of Biscathorpe- 


Thomas Tailor of Doddington in the Countie of Lincoln, gent. 
I will my bodie to be buried in the parishe churche of Doddington 
aforesaid. Towards the reparations of the Cathedrall Churche of 
Lincoln iiij^*. I bequeath for tokens of remembiance viz. to my late 
sonne in lawe Mr. William Aiscough an old royall, to Mris 
Katherine Ruckby, to Mris. ffaithe Mussendine, to Mris. Jane 
Allington, to Mr. John Jon of Barrowe, to Mr. Leon Hollingworth, 
to Mr. Edmond Shuttleworth^ to Mr. Amos Bedford, parson of 
Hanworthe, and to my late servante Mr. John Pregion, to everie 
one of them an old Angell. I forgive my brother James Tailor one 
hundred pounds of the colxxx^*. which he owethe me. To my 
brother Edward Tailor c^*. of the residwe of the said cclxxx^^ To 
the children of my brother George Tailoi x^. To the children of 
sister Dolitle x^. To mye sister Jane Heywarde x^*. and to the 
children of my sister Katherine x^^ All which said legacies to be 
paid of the said residewe of the cclxxx". which my said brother 
James dothe owe me. To William Plum tree my late servant xls. 
etc. To Elizabeth Anton my graundchilde one thousand pounds, 
and three hundred which S' Roger Aiscough knight dothe owe me. 
Alsoe I constitute and make George Anton, Mr. Thomas Bandes, 
and Mr. George Allington Esquyers supervisors of this my last will 
etc. and I give to everie one of them fyve markes. Residue to 
Thomas Tailor my sonne whome I make my sole executor. The 
24th June 1606. 

Prob. at Lincoln 30 ^v. 1607 by Ex^ 

A wealthy Lincoln merchant. He built the fine old house at Doddington which 
descended to his granddaughter and eventual heiress, Blizabeth Anton (daughter of George 
Anton, Recorder of Lincoln), who muried Sir Bdward Hussey, of fionington, Bart. 

26 LlNCOLNStilRE W1L1LS, 1600-1617. 



Jane Cawdron of Spaldinge nowe "wief of Anthony Cawdron 
Esquire, of whole minde and perfecte memorie, thankes be given 
unto god therfore, notwithstandiuge somewhat sicke in bodie etc. 
If it shall please god I would bee buried in the Churche of 
Spaldinge where my mother was buried or near unto her, unto 
which Churche and the Churche of Heckington for and towardes 
the maintenance and repaire of them I give them five shillinges 
apeece. To my saide husband my Cheane to bestowe at his death 
of whome yt pleaseth him, and sixe poundes yearlie duringe the 
terme of five yeres next after my decease issuinge oute of my Landes 
in Weston purchased of Eoger Manners Esquire. To Peter Ashton 
my kinsman fortye pounde. To Jane Ashton his sister fortie 
poundes. To William Ashton theire brother six poundes thirteene 
shillings and four pence. To James Ashton theire brother fortie 
shillings a yere for the space of four yeres. Item my wiU and 
minde is that the severall somes before given to Peter and Jane 
Ashton bee delivered out to some honest and substantiall persons 
to imploy for their most comoditie and profitt, and to bee delivered 
unto them ether at the age of eighteene yeres or els at their severall 
marriages day. To Ellen Hamerton my daughter's mayd three 
poundes six shillings and eight pence. To Bridget £rockles))y tenn 
poundes. To Elizabeth Cawdron five poundes. To Robert Massy 
fortie shillings. To Christopher Beeson twentie shillings. To Luce 
Garnet my mayd twentie shillings. To the residue of my maides everie 
one two shillings apeece. To my daughter Jane Gamlyn my murrey 
clothe gowne, my russett Satten dublet and kertle my blacke silke 
gowne and my damaske kirtle my Braceletts of gould smythe worke 
my best purse and the gould in the purse. To my said daughter 
and my nephewe Thomas Hartegrave all my householde stuffe as it 
nowe standeth furnished whatsoever that was my late husbande's 
Nicholas Wolriche's in the Abbay house at Spaldinge equallie to 
be divided betwixt them. To my nevewe Brocklesby five markes 
to make him a ringe with a deathe's heade, and to my daughter 
his wief my Roed taffeta kirtle and dublett. To my brother 
Edmund Ashton one gylded bowle and one white bowle of silver 
not gylt. To my cosen James Ashton and my neece to ether of 
them a ringe with a deathe's heade. To my neece Hopwood my lytle 
ac n (acorn I) of silver gylded. To my said kinsman Thomas Hartegrave 
my land at Weston purchased of the aforesaid Roger Manners 
Esquire payiuge to my said husband as is aforesaid. Residue of 
goods, plate, money, parcell of the two hundred poundes Jewells 
and other goods not given nor bequeathed I give wholly to my 
said kinsman Thomas Hartegrave whome I make full executor. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 27 

Dated the 14th March in the five and twentieth yere of the raigne 
of the Queene's majestie that now is, 1582. Witnessed by Anthony 
Cawdron, Bobert Massy e and Jane Gawdron. 
Prob. at Lincoln 28 Nov. 1607 by Ex'. 

She was the daughter of Jamee Aahton, of Ohadderton, in Lanoashire, and wai the wife 
of flrat, Nicholas Wohldi, of Spalding ; secondly, of A^nthony Cawdxon, of HeoUngton, Go. 
Lincoln. Her daughter by her first hnsband, Jane, married Sir Mattliew Oamlyn Knight, 
of Fnlney Hall, in Spalding. 


Memorandum that John Holland of Hemingbie in the Countie 
of Lincoln gent, beinge sicke in bodie but of goode and perfect 
memorie did make and declare his last will and testament nun- 
cupative the xvth dale of September, 1608, etc. Hee did give unto 
the poore people of Hemingbie vjs. viijd. To John Bonner the 
Sonne of Bichard Bonner one ewe sheepe or els vjs. viijd. in silver. 
To Dorothie Maltbie his maid servant one ewe sheepe or els 
vjs. viijd. in silver. Hee did make and appointe Mr. William 
Hansard of Biskerthorpe and Mr. Stephen Phillipps of Wispington 
gents, supervisors of this his last will, and did give unto either of 
them for their paines twentie shillinges. Item hee did make and 
appointe Jane Holland his wief full executor to whome he did give 
all the reste of his goodes etc. 

Prob. at Lincoln 10 Oct. 1608 by Ex*. 

Possibly an ofishoot of the Hollands of Swineshead. 


Jerome Wray of Hoggesthorpe yeoman, sicke in bodie but 
sounde in mynde etc. To the mother church of Lincoln xijd. To 
my Sonne Jerome Wray xx^. To my sonne Charrells x^. To my 
daughter Dorathie Wray x". To my daughter ffiaythe x". To my 
daughter Ursley x^. To my daughter Marie x^. To my daughter 
Barbarie x^ . To my sone Thomas x^. These portions to be paid 
when my children are xxi years of age. To Buth Thewe my 
daughter a pasture ewe and a lambe. To Jane Paule my daughter 
a pasture ewe and a lambe. To the children of Bichard Thewe 
and John Paule every one of them a sheder lamb at clippinge 
tyme. To the poore of Hoggesthorpe vs. Besidue to Anne my 
wyfe whom I make sole executrix. I desyer William Wray of 
Newbell to be supervisor. Dated 22 April, the 6th of James King 
of England etc. and of Scotland the 41st. 

Prob. at Lincoln 11 May 1608 by Ex^ 

He had married Anne, daughter of John Kirkman, of East Keal. 



28 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 



The 25th Dec. 1608. John Clerk of Ingoldmells in the Countie 
of Lincoln clerk sick in bodie but of good and perfect remembrance 
etc. To be buried in the chancel at Ingoldmells. To my daughter 
Suzanna Clerke xiij^*. vis. viijd. To my sonne Francis Gierke 
xiij^*. vis. viijd. To my daughter Debora Clerke xiij^^ vis. viijd. 
To my daughter Rebecca Clerke xiij^^. vis. viijd. To my daughter 
Margarete Clerke xiij^^ vis. viijd. To my sonne William Clerke 
xiij^*. vis. viijd. To my daughter Tabitha Cleirke xiij^^ vis. viijd. 
(These portions to be put out for their use till they are xxi years of 
age.) To my sonne Thomas Clerke vi". xiijs. iiijd. when xxi. 
Item I geve unto Skipwithe Carsey my sonne in lawe and Anne 
Carsey his wief my daughter xxs. To Lovell Carsey sonne of my 
foresaid sonne in lawe Skipwith Carsey v^. to be put forth in his 
behalf by my executor etc. Residue to my sonne John Clerke 
whom I make sole executor requesting and intreating Mr. Cater of 
Addlethorpe clerke, Mr. Skipwith of Ingoldmells gent., William 
Stephenson ot Orby, and flfrancis Curtis to be assistantes to my 

Prob. at Lincoln 29 March 1609 by Ex'. 

The GarseyB named in this Will were a family which shared with the Aysoonghs, and 
others, in the division of the estates of Charles Brandon, Dnke of Snflolk. They disappear 
before the Commonwealth. 



The 25th Nov. 1604. I flfrancis Cheney of Boston in the 
Countie of Lincln widowe, in good health and perfect memorie. I 
will that my bodie shall be buried in the Church of Boston afore- 
said as neare to the bodie of my late husband deceased William 
Cheney esquier as possible maye be. To my sonne Christopher 
Cheney my seale of armes, also all my hames arms and artillerie 
whatsoever, his late deceased father's, item my Steele Caskett with 
all that is therein as it standeth locked to remaine to him duringe 
his lief, and after his decease to his sonne and heire because yt was 
my father's. Item to John Cheney my sonne two hundred pounds 
which his father willed yt he should have after my decease, to bee 
paid unto him of the firste debts that growe due unto me by 
obligation. Item to ffrancis Cheney his daughter that hundred 
poundes which Mr. Nicholas and Mr. Thomas Lysle gentlemen doe 
owe unto mee by obligation if it bee recovered by lawe. But I will 
that my daughter Anne Cheney shall have the use thereof duringe 
her lief, and that she shall have the education and bringinge upp 
of the said flErancis Cheney. Item to my sonne Killingworth an 
old Angle, and to my daughter his wief my borders of goldsmith's 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 29 

worke nowe in her owne custodie which I Tnll shee shall have 
duringe her lief, and after her decease Marie Killingworth her 
daughter to have the same. Item to ffrancis Croppley my cosen 
one douhle duckett. Item to my sonne ffield an old Angle, and to 
my daughter his wief my kirtle of hlacke satten and my hest purse. 
To John Morton my ould servante five poundes and I desire my 
Sonne Christofer Cheney to give him that cottage which his father 
Mr. Cheney gave unto him the said John on his death bedd. To 
Margarett Whitt all my ould wearinge apparell and all my wearinge 
linen that is to saie Smockes aprons partlettes vailes kircheffs and 
crossclothes and one cowe. Item to Mrs. Skepper wief of Mr. 
Edward Skepper my best petticoat and Mrs. Purie a wroughte 
stoole of blew and read crule. Item to William Skepper my godson 
one double duckett, and to ould Mrs. Stephenson a pare of gloves. 
Item to Anne Cheney my daughter my little rounde coffer bounde 
with barres of iron which was my mother's as it stands with all 
therein fast locked. Residue to Anne Cheney my daughter whom 
I make full executrix. Item to Luce Browne one double duckett. 
In witness thereof I have affixed hereunto my scale of armes etc. 
Prob. at Boston 4 Aug. 1608 by Ex^ 

She was the natnral daughter of Sir Thomas Cheney, or Cheyney, Lord Warden of the 
Cinque Forts, and married her distant consin William Cheney, son of William Cheney of 
Thomgombald in Holdemess. He settled at Boston, and was bnried there in the 41st 
Elizabeth. From the yonnger son, John Cheney of Benington, descended a family of Cheney 
at Boston in the last centnry in trade, which became extinct about the beginning of this 
century. It is represented in the female line by the Garflt and Tbirkill families. See Visi- 
tations of Yorkshire in 1584 and 1612, ed. by J. Foster, pa. 148. Her daughter, Elizabeth 
Cheney, had married John Killingworth of go. Cambridge, and their daughter, Anne, married 
Richard Skepper, of East Eirkby, co. Lincoln. 



The 15th May 1608. John Kirkman of Easter Keale in the 
Countie of Lincoln gentleman beinge sicke of body but god bo 
thanked of good and perfecte memorie etc. To be buried in the 
Churche of Easter Keale aforesayd. To Ursuley my wife twentie 
poundes to be payed hir yearlie and everie yeare at the feastes of 
Michaelmase and phillipe and Jacobe, during hir naturall life out 
of my landes in Easter Keale and Ingoldmels Addlethorpe. Also 
one hundred poundes to be payd hir presentlie after my decease if 
that she and my executoure be not contente to keepe house together, 
otherwise, if they doe keepe house together, within one whole yeare 
after my decease. I give hir four kye, my Roynde geldinge with 
balfe the come in the house with a chalder of new rye and a chalder 
of barley this next yeare followinge my decease, with half my 
houshold stuflfe. Also to ffaith Wraye my grandchild fortie poundes 
to be payed hir when she shall accomplish the age of twentie one 
yeares. I make Austen Kirkman my sone and heire Apparante 
Executor of this my last will etc. (gig^,^^ j^i^^, Kirkman). 

30 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Item my will and testament farther is that whereas I with my 
executor afforesayd have sette oure handes to twoe severall notes 
for the payement of one hundred poundes to Jerome Wraygh my 
sone in lawe, as also that he shall enjoye certaine landes in Ingold- 
mels Addlethorpe for the use and increase of the same so long as 
the sayd some of one hundred poundes shalbe undischarged to the 
sayd Jerome, now knowe my will and testament is, that the sayd 
hundred poundes shalbe payd between this and the feaste of 
Christemase next ensueinge, unto Ann Wraigh my daughter, 
executor of the last will and testament of the forsayd Jerome 
Wraigh lait of Hoggesthorpe deceased, and that upon the payment 
thereof, Austen Kirkman my foresayd executor, to reenter upon the 
foresayd landes by the foresayd notes specified and declared. 

Prob. at Lincoln 27 May 1608 by Ex^ 

He was a brother of Lyon Kirkman, whose Will has been given. His son, A-Ustyn 
married a widow, Frances Bdwardes, in 1618, and his son, Isaac Eirkman, was his ezecuter 
in 1681. 



The 6th Dec. 1608. I Edmund Sherard of Bracken end in the 
parishe of Woodhall and County of Lincoln gent, sicke in body 
but of perfect memorie etc. My body to the earthe from whence 
yt came. To Susanna my wief one hundred poundes. To my 
Sonne Eobert one hundred poundes. To Elizabeth Sherard my 
daughter ffowrescore poundes.. To the child my wife is conceaved 
with ffowrescore poundes. The portions to be paid when my son 
Robert is xxj years of age, and my daughters' portions when they 
are xx or shall marry. My executrix to keepe and maintaine my 
children etc. (Bequests to servants.) Item whereas by an arbitra- 
ment and award had and made by S^ John Meares of Awbrowg in 
the County of Lincoln knight and Thomas Harrington of South 
Witham Esq. arbitrators indifferently elected and chosen by the 
consent of William Sherard of Loppingthorpe in the parish of 
North Wytham and countie of Lincoln Knight of the one partie, 
and I the said Edmund Sherard of the other partie, to arbitrate order 
deme and judge of matters of controversie then depending and 
growing betwixt us, the arbitrament by them is as foiloweth. 
That the said William Sherard shall be accomptable unto me every 
yeare of the goods and chattells of John Sherard late of Lincoln 
gent, deceased, the suites and charges deducted the one moyetie and 
half thereof to be answered unto me or my assignees at all tymes 
upon reasonable demand ; according to which arbitrament I desire 
my said brother William Sherard as my trust is in him, that he 
would discharge the same accordinglie to the benefit of my wife and 
children. Item my will is that Robert Thompson my father in 
lawe shall have all my sheepe in Bracken end which I bought of 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 31 

him and owe for only foarty of them my will ys that he shall paye 
to my wife for them after vs. iiijd. apeece. I make my wife sole 
executrix. If she shall chaunce to marry I will that the partie 
whoe shall take her to wife shall put in good hondes with good 
securytie for the payment of my children's portions accordinglie 
unto the aforesaid Robert Thompson or his assignes. 

Debts dewe to the testator without specialtie. John Ingram of 
Bucknall for the sheepe the Lord Willoughbie had xij". 

Edward Skipwith of Ketsbie gent, for Ix sheepe xxvij^, and if 
he refuse the sheepe to pay to my executrix xls. which the testator 
paid for the sommering of them. Edward Skipwith ys to be 
accomptable for the wooU of the said sheepe for this last yeare, but 
for v^. he hath payde in parte thereof. 

The Lord Clynton oweth for one thousand Kiddes iiij^*. xs. 

Thamas Brownloe servant to the Lord Willoughbie of Knaith 
oweth for money lent him Ivs. 

Prob. at Lincoln 9 Jan. 1608-9 by Ex*. 

▲ yonnger son of Rowland Sherard, of Lopethorpe, in Leioestenhlre, by Jane, danghter 
of Austin Porter, of Belton« Co. Lincoln. 


The 17th Sept. 1609. I Lyonell Massingbeard of Easter Keale 
in ye countie of Lincolne gentleman being sicke of body etc. My 
bodie to ye grounde. To George Massiugbearde my father one 
Read heffer. To Joane Gyrnewicke and Alyesse Skrunbe (?) my 
systers either of them xxs. And the Reasydew of my goods un- 
bequeathed my debts paid and my body brought to the grounde I 
geve and bequeathe to Jayne Massiugbearde my nowe wife, and 
Edward Massingbearde my brother to be equally divided betweene 
them whome I make joynt executors of this my last will and testa- 
ment. To the poore people of Easter Keale aforesaid vs. I make 
supervisors George Massingbearde my father and Bartholomew 
Lawrence my brother in lawe. Signed Lionell Massingbeard. 

Prob. 20 Oct. 1609 by Ex". 

▲ son of George Massingberd who was the second son of Thomas Massingberd, of 
Bratoft, by his wife, Alice Bevercotes. 


Anno dom. 1609 Aprilis decimo. 

I Moses Wilton of fieete in the County of Lincoln Clarke being 
in good helth and perfect memorie, I prayse the Lord, doe ordayne 
and make this my testament and last will the day and yeare above 
written in manner foUowinge. Touchinge myselfe whether I live 
or die I am the Lord's in Christ Jesus, out of whose hands none is 

32 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

able to take me for be is greater tban all : be onely is my rejoycinge 
in tbe presence of god for of bim cometb my salvation, be of 
god tbe ffatber is maide unto me wisdome, rigbteousnes, sancti- 
fication, and redemption, into tby bands Lord Jesus I commend my 
spiritt to live witb tbe in tby glorious presence witb all otber tbe 
spiritts of perfect and just men wbere is fullnesse of joy for ever- 
more. And my bodie is allsoe to rest in tbe grave tbere to put of 
Corruption in a sure and certayne bope of risinge againe unto life 
everlastinge at yt day wben tbou lord sbalt come againe in tby 
glorie to reward every man accbrdinge to bis works, for tbou art 
able to cbange my vile bodie tbat yt may be like to tby glorious 
bodie accordinge to tbat tbie migbtie workinge wbereby tbou art 
able to subdue all tbings to tby owne selfe to tbe be prayse for ever- 
more and in all places. Amen. Toucbinge tbe tbings of tbis life 
wbereof god batb made me bis unwortby steward I doe dispose 

/of tbem as foUowetbe. Imprimis to tbe use of the poore people 
inbabitinge in tbe parisbe of ffleete especially poore widowes and 
ffatberlesse children (not beinge knowne Bastards) I give eleven 
pounds wbicb I will sball either be in tbe bands of the Collectors 
for tbe poore dureinge tbe tyme of tbeire office, yf they will have 
yt, they puttinge in sufficient securitie to tbe parson of ffleet and one 
of tbe Churchwardens tbere for tbe repayment of tbe same at tbe 
end of ther yeare to tbe next appointed Collectors and twentie 
shillings for tbe use thereof wbicb xxs. I will sbalbe divided 
amongst the foresaid poore by tbe parson of ffleete or bis substitute 
in manner followinge, tbat is to say, upon S^ Thomas bis day xs. 
and tbe Sabbath next before Easter xs. But if tbe Collectors nor 
any of tbem will have the said xj^*. and doe as is before expressed 
then I will tbat tbe parson of ffleete or bis substitute witb tbe 
Collectors or some of tihem shall put the said xj^. into tbe hands 
of some sufficient manne takinge securitie for the repayment thereof 
at the yeare's end, and xxs. to be done therewith as is aforesaid. 
And soe from yeare to yeare for ever to continue, but if tbe minister 
of ffleet will not perform tbis my last will towards tbe poore then 
I will that Asher my sonne bis executors administrators or assignees 
shall have the same xj^. and in consideration thereof be sbaU for 
tbe space of x yeares next ensueinge after my decease divide amonge 

"X^the poore as is before expressed yearly xxs. To Sara my daughter 
xx^. in tbe bands of Henrie Browne witb tbe yearly rent of the 
sixe acres mortgaged unto me for tbe space of 5 yeares. To 
Margaret my daughter xl^. Toucbinge Elizabetbe my daughter 
her portion is in tbe bands of my cosin Mr. Edward Scarborougbe 
of Lynne. And the portion of Mary my daughter is in tbe bands 
of Mr. James Afihton Vicar of Moulton. To Marie my wife ij acres 
and a half which I purchased of Henry Browne ; also iij acres of 
arable land etc. My messuage called the Mill House etc. for her 

'iTV ^ 1   ^m 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 33 

life Datural. Lands purchased of Mr. Greene and Mr. Prockter to 
my Sonne Asher. (Mentions lands which his son Gad is to make 
assurance of in law to his hrother Asher, purchased of S' John 
nowe Lord Harrington.) 

I give the said sixteen acres and foure acres unto Immanuell 
Colledge towards the findinge of two schollers untill they he 
Maisters of Arts allwayes to he chosen out of Moulton Schoole 
founded hy John Haddoxe alias Maddoxe, soe often as their places 
or any of them he void, hy the parson of ffleete for the tyme heinge 
and one of the fellowes of the same Colledge, in which choyce the 
poorest or any heinge of ffleete shalhe prefered, yf to others beinge 
more worthie or beinge of any other place they shall in leaminge 
and other comendable respects be found equall. Item I give to the^X 
next Incumbent my successor, and to his successors for ever all 
my hebrue greeke lattine bookes with the mappes and shelves and 
glasse and glasse (sic) in my studie upon condition that he the said 
Incumbent my successor shall discharge my executors of and from 
all manner of dilapidations which yf he refuse to doe then I will 
that this my gifte of my foresaid bookes shalhe voide. And then 
let my executors take my said bookes and doe therein that shalhe 
found righte. 

Books in fol. et eorum pretium. Biblium Junii ultima editio 
xxs. Expositio Catholica in Novum Testamentum xxijs. Musculus 
in Matheum vjs. viijd. Idem in Johannem vijs. Idem in Homanos 
et Corinthios vijs. Idem in Gallat. vijs. Gorranus in 4 Evangelistas 
xxxiiijs. Stella in Lucam xjs. Nesphall in psaL xs. Aurea 
Catena in Jos. vjs. viijd. Quatuor Yolumina in opera Chrisostomi 
xls. Opera Originis in secundo libro xxs. Basil magnus xs. 
Opera Bamardi xiijs. iiijd. Opera Bellarmini xls. Gregor. 
Nazianzenus vjs. viij. Dixionarium Butorii (Buxtorfii?) cum reduct 
Is. Gorranus in epistol. vj. viijd. Dictionarium grecum xs. Theat. 
huma. vite xxxs. Histor. Sabellici vjs. viijd. Augustinus in Psal. 

vjs. viijd. Institut. Calvinivs. Postill Jacobi de vjs. viijd. 

Bucerus in quatuor Evangelistas viijs. 

Bookes in 4to et eorum pretium. 

Jeron. Epist. iiijs. Augustini Confessio. iiijs. Vrsinus iijs. iiijd. 
Calvin. Harmon, iiijs. Hipocrit. opera iijs. iiijd. Calvin, in 
Johannem et Act. vs. Idem in epist. vs. Hipii loci Communes 
ijs. vjd, Petrus Martir in Romanes vs. Calvini Institutiones vs. 
Haddon et ^onsA in Osorium 1 iiijs. Gram. hebr. ijs. vjd. EoUocus 
in Ephes. xviijd. Isocrat. greco latin iijs. iiijd. Whitaker contra 
Bellarminum iijs. Erasmus contra Bezam iiijs. Johannes Bede de 
viris illustribus iiijs. Halezi theses ijs. Cartwright in ecclesiam 
iijs. iiijd. Saravia in Bezam iijs. viijd. Rollocus in Danielem 
ijs. vjd. Saravia de prohibit, xviijd. Sutteclife de vera ecclesia 
B. Bell iiijs. Perkinsi problemata xijd. 

34 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Libh in octavo et eoram pretium. 

Erasmi paraph, in tribus volaminibus vjs. viiijd. de 

predestinatione ijs. xd. Morvoeus de vera religione ijs. viijd. 
Piscat. in gene. ijs. yjd. Idem in Matheum ijs. yjd. Idem in 
Johannem ijs. vjd. Idem in Act. xviijd. Idem in Lucam xviijd. 
Idem in omnes Epistolas in quatuor volaminibus vs. Pet. Eam. 
de vera religione xviijd. Johannis Chrisostomi in Matheum ijs. 
Haimonis homelie ijs. Nicholaus de Orbell super mag. ijs. Arelius 
de Johanne i\js. iiijd. Idem in Eomanos ijs. Idem in Epistolas 
Cano. xxd. Luca Lessio in epist. dm (dominicales 1) iijs. Hemi- 
agius in evang. dni (dominicalia) iijs. Junii paralelaB ijs. vjd. Beze 
epistole ijs. Machevelli libri duo vs. Beza ad Seraviam xijd. 
Perkinsus de predestinatione vjd. Beza in Erasmum xiiijd. Piscat. 
de Justificatione contra bellum xijd. Brentii Catechismus ijs. 
Melancthoni loci Communes ijs. Chetrews (Ghytrseusi) in Epistolas 
dni (dominicales) ijs. Cipriani volumen ijs. Testamentum xviijd. 
Hiperius'in Romanos xd. Edsebius in Evangelium dni. \js. Sarcerius 
in principuos sacroscript. loc. xxd. Hemiagius de method, viijd. 
Libri de justitia Britannica vjd. Grammatica Cleonardi viijd. 
Grammatica Hebr. Martinii xijd. 

Libri in sexto decimo et eorum pretium. 

Biblium Hebr. xiijs. iiijd. Psalterium grecum xviijd. Plutarch 
de viris iUustribus vs. Flores bilii (biblii?) ijs. vjd. Flor. dtorum 
ijs. vjd. Summa Consiliorum iijs. 

To Ruphe Smith my kinswoman xxs. To eche of my brother 
William his children xxs. Residue to my two sons Gad and Asher 
whom I make executors and my brother Wilton supervisor. 

Prob. at Grantham 21 Nov. 1609 by Ex". 

The above Inventory of Books is the most interesting part of the WiU. The testator 
was probably of Puritan sympathies jadging by his sons' names, and the preamble to the 
Will. Fleet is an enormons Fen Parish, and the possession of such a library, in what was then 
so remote and oat of the way a locality, is very remarkable. 


Edmund Eyme of Surfflett in the Countie of Lincoln gent, sick 
in body etc. * The 27th day of December 1610. I wyll that my 
brother Eobert Smythe shall have my bald nagg. To the parsons 
of Lessingham either of them ten shillings. To Mris. Barnard 
xls. To every of her children xxs. apece. To the pore women 
that kept me in sickness xs. Item three pound that was Edward 
flEbwler's legacye by his grandmother I geve to Prudence fPowler his 
mother. To the pore of Surflflett xls. To Mris. Barnard all my 
apparrell. I give all my land to my three sisters. Eesidue to my 
wife Pamell Kyme whom I make sole executrix. 

Prob. by Ex^ 8 March 1610-11. 

4 4Moei)44nt no donbt of the great baronial honse of Xyme, now in its decadence. 




The 29tli Nov. 1610. James Wright of Great Grimsbye in the 
Countie of Lincolne Esquier sick in body etc. I give and bequeath 
to Suzan Wright my daughter ccc^. to be payd her at the day of 
her marriadge or at her age of 21 yeeres. To Elizabeth Wright 
my daughter ccc^. (to be paid as before). To Isabell Wright 
my daughter ccc^. (to be paid as before). I give further unto 
my said three daughters Suzan, Elizabeth, and Isabell to every one 
of them c^. to be paid unto them out of the mony which Mr. Lyon 
Skipwith my brother in lawe doth owe unto me within one yeere 
next after the death of the said Lyon with the like conditions as 
before. To my son John Wright all my lands etc. in Great Carleton 
fen, and all that pasture and meadowe ground in South Somercoates 
and Conisholme, now leased to John Denham of Louthe, to my 
said Sonne and his heirs forever, also all my close of pasture in 
Welesbye in the parish of Glee now leased to Harbert AUingson, 
and that my close called Trancard Close now in the tenure of John 
Curteis of Scarthoe ; also all my lands in Great Grimsby ; also cl^. 
to be payd him by my executor at his age of xxiiij yeeres. Item 
to my Aunte Willson yeerly during her life xs. To Judeth Sutton 
my daughter one Anuity of nyne poundes during the naturall lyfe 
of Hamon Sutton her husband yf in the meanetyme she the said 
Judeth Sutton shall not release or passe away her joynture of 
certen lands in Washingbroughe and Heckinton or elsewhere 
belonging to the mannor house of Washingbroughe. But yf the 
said Judeth shall release or passe away her jointure then my mynd 
and will is that my former gifte of nyne poundes yerely shalbe 
utterly void frustrate and of none effecte. Also my mynd and will 
is that Isabell my wyfe shall have the education and bringing up 
of my said sonne John, and of my daughters Suzan, Elizabeth and 
Isabell, till they are 21 or married. My executor is to pay unto 
my said wyfe towards the bringing upp of the said John and of my 
said daughters and for the augmenting of the portions of them the 
some of xl^^ at two ysuall termes in the yeere, the feast of the 
appostles Philip and Jacob and of St. Martin ye Bushopp in wynter 
by even and equall portions. To my brother Laming xxxa yeerlye 
during his life and the life of Margerye Laming his nowe wyfe. 
To my daughter in lawe Margarett Wright xxs. To my sonne 
Hustwaite Wright and his heirs forever my Parsonadge or Rectorye 
Lands etc. in ffarneham in the County of Torke he paying unto 
my wyfe his mother the value of the third parte of the said parsonadge 
during her naturall lyfe without suite or molestation. To my said 
wyfe Isabell Wright all my household stuflfe plate and come within 
my now dwelling house, and c^. ; also the third parte of all my 
lands etc^ as well in the County of Lincoln as in the County of 

36 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Yorke. To Edward Wright my sonne one Anuyty of jcij^. by yeere 
oat of the parsonadge etc. in farneham aforesaid daring his natarall 
life. To everyone of my sister Lymill's daughters unmaryed, and 
to everyone of my sister Laming's daughters unmaryed xxxs. to be 
paid on the day of their marriadges. To every one of my Aunte 
Finchbecke her children vs. to be paid imediately after my decease. 
To everyone of my sister Gibbons daughters xxs. to be paid at their 
marriadges. (Legacies to servants.) To the church of St. James 
in Grimesbye xs. Eesidue to my sonne Hustwaite Wright whom 
I make sole executor. Witnessed by William Haunsard, Thomas 
Newcome and others. 

Prob. at Lincoln 15 Nov. 1610 by ex^ 

See Vie. of Line. 1692 pa. 75. The testator had married Elizabeth daughter and oo-helr 
of Edward Hnsthwaite, aooording to the pedigree. 



The 7th March in the eighth yeere of our soveraigne Lord James 
etc. I John Jon of Barrowe in the county of Lincoln Esq. I 
comend my soule into the hands of god my maker, Jesus Christ my 
redeemer and the holy ghost my Comforter. To Thomas Jenkinson 
my servant and kinsman all my messuage in Barton and two closes 
adjoyning commonly called the Mayden head, and lately purchased 
of Leonard Browne, to him and his heirs for ever. (Numerous 
small legacies to servants.) To Anne Sisson c^. when she is 18 or 
to be married. To everyone of my godchildren lyveing in Barrowe 
xijd. To the Right worshipful Mris. Triphena Sheiflfeild my god- 
daughter c^. now in the hands of S' John Sheiflfeild her brother. 
And my will is that his obligation to me for the said some with au 
assignment thereof be given to the Right Honbl. my good Lady 
Sheiflfeild her mother within six monethes after my death. Item 
I geve unto my Lady Anne Fellham two unites of gold. To Mr. 
Roberto Cleburne iij^. vjs. viij. To the poore of Barrowe to be 
distributed amongst them the day of my buryall xk. To my cosen 
William Broxholme of Lincolne all my houses landes etc in 
Goxhill, and five acres of meadowe in Goxhill marshe to him and 
his heirs forever. Whereas I have by a deede bearing date the 
first day of Januarye in the sixth yeere of the raigne of our 
Soveraigne Lord James etc., geaven unto my cosen John Broxolme 
gent. Sonne and heire apparante unto my foresaid cosen William 
Broxolme of the Citye of Lincoln Esq. all that my Manor of Barrowe 
comonly called by the name of Sutton's Manor with all other my 
houses lands etc. in Barrowe Burnham and Thorneton to have and 
to hold to me the said John Jon and my Assignes for the terme of 
my life naturall, and after my decease then to him the said John 
Broxolme and his heires for ever, I do hereby ratifie and confirme 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 37 

the said deede etc. Farther I do give to the said John Broxolme 
all my manors lands etc. in Barton and Ulcebye or elsewhere ; and 
all my goods and chattells moveable and immoveable etc., to him 
and his heirs for ever. I do make my said cosen John Broxolme 
my sole executor. Finallie I do most humblye and hartely intreate 
the right Honbl. the Lord Sheffeild my very good Lord to be 
Supervisor ; and I do bequeath unto his Lordshipp as a token of 
my love and service forty Angells hoping he will accepte thereof 
and see this my last will and testament performed. Witnessed by 
William Broxolme and others. 

Prob. at Lincoln 13 March 1610-11. 

The Jon family rose into importance towards the end of the sixteenth century, bat soon 
passed away. The testator was son of Gregory Jon, of Fillingham, by Cecily, daughter of 
John Broxholme, another family of a similar class. The principal legatee, John Brozholme, 
was the testator's first cousin once removed. The testator's sister, Anne, had married John 
Welcome, of Lincoln, but nothing is left to her. 


The 14th Jan. 1609. Robert Keye of Aleby in the countie of 
Lincoln, gent. Sicke and diseased in bodie but of whole and perfect 
remembrance. My bodie to be buried in the Church of Rigsby. To 
theCathedrall Church of Lincoln xijd. My mortuarie to be paid as the 
lawe requireth. To every one of my children viz. Joane, Richard, 
Edward, George, Peregrine, and Robert Keye x^*. apeece when they 
shall accomplish their severall ages of 2 i yeares. Residue to my 
wife Grace my sole executrix. I desire my brother Edward Keye 
to be the overseer thereof, and for his paynes geve him xijd. Wit- 
nessed by Richard Toothby Esq. and Clement Booth gent. 

Prob. at Louth 27 April 1610 by Ex*. 

Possibly connected with the Keys of Leadenham. 



I Robert Seele of Kirmond alias Kirmmond in the countie of 
Lincoln, clarke, sick in bodie etc. My bodie to be buried within 
the chancell of Kirmond hoping of a joyfull resurrection thereof 
unto lief everlastinge through Jesus Christe our Lorde and for iver 
amen. I give unto the Church of Kirmond that portion of lead 
which was founde hidden, and ijs. in moneye. To William Goodhand 
the elder my saddle and best bridle and my strikes of mashilling or 
lintins which he oweth mee. To Mrs. Anne Goodhand his wief one 
of my best ewes and a lambe. To William Goodhand the yonger 
the one half of a Caleeu^ (Calivor ?) with half the furniture to the 
same belonginge now in the custodie of George Blanchard vicare of 
greate Ludforthe which belongeth unto me being equallie bought 
betweene us the said George Blanchard and at the appointmente of 
the Bushoppe and his officers. To Charles Goodhand four strikes 

38 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

of masbillinge and my dagger. To Magdalene Goodhand my little 
joyned chest. To Margaret Goodhand one ewe kmbe. To my 
cosen Elizabeth Seele of Nottingham zs. Eesidue to my brother 
James Seele of Nottingham draper whom I make full executor. I 
desire Mr. William Goodhand the elder to be supervisor. The 21st 
Jan. 1609-10. 

Prob. at Lincoln 4 April 1610 by Ex^ 


Memorandum that Anne Basset late of ffledbroughe in the 
countie of Notts gentlewoman deceased beinge (in her lifetime) of 
perfect minde and memorie did make her last will or testament 
nuncupative of and concerninge the sume of one hundred pounds 
which Eobert Tirwhit of Cameringham in the countie of Lincoln 
Esquier did owe to her and which sume was and is still in his 
hands, in manner and forme or to this effect following ; viz. I will 
and dispose to my neece Anne Basset daughter to John Basset 
Esquier an hundred poundes which is in the hands of Mr. Eobert 
Tirwhit of Cameringham, and my meaninge is that shee shall have 
it after my decease. 

Admon. given to John Basset of Fledborough 10 Oct. 1608. 

The Basset family, onoe so floarishing, was now falling into decay. John Basset, father 
to Anne, niece of the testatrix, sold the Idanor of Fledborongh to the feofEees of the Barl of 
Shrewsbury. Robert Tyrwhit, of Cameringham, in co. Lincoln, had married Anne, danghter 
of Bdward Basset, the said John's father. 


The 9th Dec. 1607. John Prescott the elder of Sutterbie gent. 
My bodie to be buried in the chancell or church of Sutterbie. To 
Anne my wief the fetherbedd with all the furniture thereof that 
shee brought with her the day of her marriage with me. To Martin 
Holden Gierke one crowne of gould. To the poore of Sutterbie at 
my buriall vs. To Anne Boston daughter of William Boston of 
Thimolbee one hundred pounds and my best bedd which was my 
owne before I married ; linen etc. To my sonne in lawe William 
Boston my blacke cloke. To James Prescott my nephewe my cloke 
with bouttons on the shoulders, and all the rest of mine apparell 
except my sattyn dublett which I give to John Prescott sonne of 
John Prescott of Saltfleetbie my godchild. To Anne Boston wief 
of William Boston two silver spoones. To Elizabeth Carter wife 
of John Carter two silver spoones. To the said Anne Boston 
daughter of the said William Boston two silver spoones. Eesidue 
to Anne my wief whome I make sole executrix. I make Thomas 
Jollie of Mumbie supervisor. 

Prob. at Lincoln 6 Sept. 1608 by Ex^ 

A Lancashire family settled at Driby in the sixteenth oentary. The manor passed from 
them in the serenteenth to the BoUes of Hangh { in 1728 to the Massingberds of South Ormsby. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS. 1600-1617. 39 


Henry Jenkinson of East Wycamin the Countie of Lincoln 
hole and sounde in bodie etc. this present tenth day of October in 
the second yere of our Soveraigne Lord Kinge James. My bodie 
to be buried in the earth of St. Peters in Eastgate nexte to my derely 
beloved wief deceased. To the poore of Lincolne v^*. To the poore 
of Welton by Loweth xls. To my wife Marie Jenkinsone during 
her naturall life my manor of Wickam with all my landes etc. in- 
Wickam and Girsbie, and my house in Lincoln ; after her death 
the same to remaine to Eobert Jenkinson my sonne and to his heirs 
male ; remainder to Henrie Jenkinson my sonne and his heirs 
male ; remainder to Phillipp Jenkinson my sonne and his heirs male; 
remainder to my right heires. My manor of Welton and lands in 
Welton, Saltfletbie and Gamthorpe to my sonne Robert Jenkioson 
during the life of my wife Marie, paying yerely duringe her life one 
anuitie or rent charge of xx^*. to my sonnes Henrie and Phillipp, 
After her death I give the said manor and lands to my said sons 
Henrie and Phillipp and their heirs male ; with remainder to my 
son Robert ; with remainder to my right heirs. I give my said 
house in Lincoln after the death of my wife to my said sons RobeH 
Henrie and Phillipp and their heirs for ever. Household stuff and 
plate to the value of fourscore pounds to my wife ; and my cheine 
of gold, coach and coache horses upon condition shee give securitie 
to my executors within one moneth after my death to discharge my 
executors of four severall bondes wherein I stand bounde to Mr. 
Carre for the payment of twentie poandes apeece to Bridgit, 
Katheren, and Margarett Brocklesbie my daughters and to Robert 
Brocklesby her sonne. To everie of my daughters Marie, Elizabeth, 
Martha, Dorothie, Jane, ffraunce, and ffrauncis c^*. To my daughter 
Smith my best silver boule, and to my daughter Cooke the carpett 
which was my Ladie Rops (Roper's). Residue to Robert, Henrie, and 
Phillipp Jenkinson my sonnes whom I make executors. I ordeine 
and request the right worshipful and my assured good frendes S^ 
Phillipp Tirwhitt knight and William Ellis Esquier to bee super- 
visors etc. to either of whome I give in token of my love and good- 
will towards them one double soveraigne of golde, and to my good 
Ladies the Ladie Tirwhitt the elder the Ladie Tirwhitt the yong^r 
and Mrs. Armine everie of them a spurr riall. Item I give the^ 
mayor and corporation of the Cittie of Lincolne to bee imployed to 
the use of the poore of the parishe of St. Peeters in Eastgate as of ,^ 
the guifte of the Ladie Rop (Roper) one anuitie or rent charge of > 
lijd. goeinge out of my lands and tenements in Willoughbie and 
Saltfletbie. y^ 

Prob. at Lincoln 19 March 1609 by Ex» 

He was probably the Heury Jenkinson who married Igt Faith daughter of Bdmnnd 
TarboTOQgh of Lincoln. The Jenkinsons continued in the male line down to the eighteenth 
century, when they died out. 

40 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 


The 6th Feb. 1610. Humfrey Pury of Swynshead in ye partts 
of holland in the County of Lincoln, yeoman, being sicke in bodie 
etc. I commend my body to be buried in ye church yard of 
Swynshead, and for my mortuarie as the lawe requireth. To the 
Church of Swynshead xijd. To William, Anthony, Josua, Robert 
and Humfrey Pury, my sonnes, and to Jane, and Alice Pury my 
'daughters all my goodes to be equally divided amongst them. I 
make William Pury my eldest sonne executour. Appoints Edwaid 
Hopkyn of Alderkyrk yeoman guardian of his daughter Jane till 
she is 18, and Robert Thorpp of Frampton, husbandman, guardian 
of his daughter Alice. Sons Robert and Humfrey Pury to have 
their portions when 21. I make William Pury of Boston my 
naturall brother, gentleman, supervisor. 

Prob. 19 Feb. 1610 by ex^ 

A broilier of Thomas Pnrey of Eirton. See his Will, No. 348 Ist Series. 



The 5th Jan. 1610 in the 8th year of our soveraigne Lord 
James etc. Leonard Purie of Kirton in the partes of Holland in 
the County of Lincoln, gent. My bodie to be buried in the South 
Isle of Kirton Churcho soe neare unto my Auncestors as may be, 
and for my mortuarie I do give as the lawes of this land do require. 
To my welbeloved wife Beatrice Purie one annuitie or annuall rente 
of fiourtie pounds, yearlie, to be paid out of all my lands in Kirton 
and firampton during her life naturall at foure times in the yeare, 
viz., at or uppon the first daie of August x^., at or uppon the first 
dale of November x^*., at or uppon the seconde daie of ffebruarie 
x^*,, at or uppon the first daie of May x^*. The first payment thereof 
to begin the first of these dayes that shall happen next after my 
decease ifperadventure she do refuse these groundes which hereafter 
I have alotted unto her for her said annuitie, and also two hundred 
poundes of Currante Englishe moneye. Alsoe I do give unto 
William Purie my sonne and heire all my leases of those landes I 
holde by indenture from anie person or otherwise howsoever and 
the appraisement of the same. And also I do give him my Swan- 
marke and my Signet of golde given, unto me by my late deare 
father. And I wUl and hearbie entreate and desire and withall 
ordeyne my wellbeloved frende Mr. Thomas Middlecot of Boston, 
gent., to be gardian for my said sonne William Purie during his 
minoritie .... both for all his landes chatties and goodes, 
and for his paines therein to be taken I do geve unto him my bay 
roand amblinge Geldinge ; Provided alwayes and my will ifl that 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 41 

my Sonne's said gardian shall dewlie and jastlie accompte unto my 
saide sonne of all the profiles and revennues of my Sonne's landes 
during his minoritie when he shall accomplish the age of xzj yeares ; 
Provided always and my will and meaninge is that my weUbeloved 
brother Sir Eichard Ogle of Pinchbeck, Knight, shall have the 
education of my said sonne William during his minoritie, and I do 
allow hym towards' the maintenance of my said sonne ffourtie 
poundes per annum to be paid quarterlie by his gardians. To 
Adlard Purie my son ccccc^., cc^, thereof to be paid within half a 
year next after my decease to my weUbeloved wief his mother to be 
imployed by her or her assignee for my said Sonne's best maintenance 
and profite untill his full age of 21 yeares ; the other ccc^. to be paid 
out of my lands etc., during the next 5 yeares, by 60^. a year, at everie 
May daye, to my weUbeloved wief (with power to distrain.) If 
either or both sons die before 21, and without issue, then 30^. more 
per ann. to be paid to the wife during her natural life. To my 
brother Robert Purie to the use of his sonne Thomas Purie and his 
daughter Beatrice Purie xl^^, to be paid within 3 yeares j also -to / 

my sister Marie Cunney, her children, xl^. To the vicar of Kirto^ 
and the churchwardens and overseers for the poor xx^. to be paid 
within 3 years, and the same to be imployed and bestowed by them 
and by their successors or by anie three of them for the time being 
for ever to the onlie use and towardes the maintenance of one 
honest and sufficient schoolmaster for the teaching of grammar in 
Kirton aforesaid unto two poore schollers there, the same schoUers 
always to be nominated by the said Yicare, mine heire, the church- 
wardens and overseers for the poore there, and by their successors 
or by anie three of them whereof mine heire to be alwayes one, i|x 
he be in the Cuntrie, for ever. If either William Purie or Adlard 
Purie, my sons, die before the age of 21 and without issue, then 
the legacy of ccccc^. to Adlard is to be void, and Ixx^. of it is to be 
given to my brother Robert Purie ; and Ixx^. to my sister Marie 
Coney ; and xl^. to the children of my uncle Humf]*ey Purie ; and 
xx^. to the Vicar of Kirton (to be bestowed as above). If both my 
sons die, then my legacy of cx^. to my brother Robert to be void, 
and he is to take certain lands in Kirton which have descended to 
me from my father. Bequest of x^. to the Vicar and churchwardens 
of Kirton ; the yearly interest of xxs. to be spent on beef and bread 
to be distributed on Xmas Day at Kirton Church " about ten of 
the clocke in the forenoone." To Sir Richard Ogle of Pinchbeck, 
knight, and unto my ladie his wief and to either of them xxs. in 
golde, and unto Sir John Ogle, knight, xxs. in golde ; and unto 
Adlard, Robert, Cassander and Jane, my wief's brethren and 
sisters, to everie of them xs. in golde, and unto Mr. Doctor Richardson 
the Master of Peeter house in Cambridge, xxs. in golde, and unto 
my well beloved frende Mr. John Browne of Stamford xxs. in golde, 



42 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

and unto my well beloved frende Mr. William ffeilde of Titton xs. 
in golde. To my uncle William Purie of Boston and unto mine 
aunt his wief to either of them a xs. peice in golde. To my saide 
uncle's three children vs. apeece in golde. To my brother John 
Harris of Lincoln and my sister his wife xs. apeece in golde. To 
my uncle Humfrey Purie of Swynshead xs. in golde, and to 
Humfrey Purie his sonne now remaininge with me v^*. so to be im- 
ployed by my kinsman Edwarde Hopkin to his best benefit. To 
every one of my uncle Humfrey Puries children vs. To Mr. Robert 
Hunt, my brother William Coney, Edward Hopkin, William 
ffoulie, Antonie Stevenson, and Thomas Gelson, to each of them a 
gynnie of golde worth vjs. vujd. Ten ewes and ten lambs to be 
distributed among my servants and poorest tenants. Eesidue to my 
wife Beatrice and my son William Purie, whom I make executors. 
My wief and her assignes shall not remove or deface anie of my 
glasse seelinges windowes gates pales or dores within or about my 
\ now dwellinghouse or groundes, but shall leave them unto mine 

\ heire. . I make Thomas Ogle of Pinchbeck Esq., my wife's brother, 

\ supervisor, and give him xxs. in golde. I give xs. for a sermon to 

be preached at my buriall. 

A Coddicil made 4 Feb. 1610. Provided always and the true 
intent and meaning of my will is that my wife Beatrice Pury shall 
have hold and enjoy the mansion house, wherein I now dwell, 
called Eversham Place, with xx acres of pasture and wood ground 
etc. called Roper-toft (mentions certain farms in the tenure of Roger 
Walcot, Alexander Muncaster, William Pell and William Moseley, 
rented at xx^. xiijs. iiijd. per anu. to be at the disposing of his wife 
during the minority of William Purie). All this in lieu of the xP*. 
annuity bequeathed above. When the heir shall have reached 21 
years of age the annuity is to be paid. Mentions certain lands, 
viz., Goodmores containing 5 acres and Hall gates containing 3 
acres, bought of William Purie my uncle. 

Prob. at Lincoln 5 March 1610, by Beatrice the widow ; power 
reserved to the other ex^ 

The head of a typical Holland yeoman family. His wife Beatrice married 2ndly William 
Walcott of Walcott. The heiress of the family eventnally married Richard Gust of Pinchbeck 
who was created a Baronet 1677. 


The 12th Feb. in the 7th year of our Soveraigne Lorde James- 
Baruch Whittingham of Sutterton in the Countie of Lincoln 
yeoman; in the yeare of our Lord God 1609. I comitte my soule 
into the handes of god almightie faithfullie beleevinge in Jesus 
Christ my saviour and redeemer, and by him and through his death 
and passion I trust to have all my sinnes pardoned and done awaie 
and to enjoye that blessed Inheritance of the kingdom of heaven 
the which before all worldes I was ordained unto. My bodie to be 


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buried in the churche of Sutterton and my mortuarie such as the 
lawe requireth. To the repairs of the church of Sutterton xs. To 
the poore people of Sutterton x^. to remaine in the handes of 
Richard Whittingham my sonne for the space of three yeares after 
my decease. And I will that my sonne shall pay unto the poorest 
people every year at the feast of the Katiyitie during the same throe 
yeares xxs. And then I will that the said x^. l^ put forth ana^ 
letten by the overseers and collectors with the consent of my 
executors to such poore men as can put in good and sufficient 
securitie from yeare to yeare for the payment of the stock and also 
of the rent, and the saide rente to be distributed amongst the 
poorest people at the feast of the nativitie every yeare so longe a^ 
the worlde endureth. Legacies to servants etc. To William 
Whittingham my sonne all that timber which I bought of S'' 
William Houson and one elm tree which lieth in the pooles ; also 
those few elmes that groweth on three stongg lande in Statise 
feilde ; also iij^. vjs. viijd. to buy him a horsemilne ; also my lease 
and terme of yeares unexpired in certain lande called Bemond fee 
which I bought of Mr. Leonarde Purie etc. To my sonne Richard 
Whittingham all those severall sumes of moneye which are owing 
to me by divers persons for all the woodes which I have solde this 
presente yeare; also my Swanmarke, my horsemilne, my double 
bell salte of silver parcell gilte, my silver boll and my silver Tunne, 
all my winter come in the feilde and my come in the barnes etc., 
and xlK To Elizabeth Whittingham my daughter all my butter 
and cheese and bacon and puUen. To my sister Massingberd, my 
sister Whittingham and my sister ffeild xs. apeece. To Mr. Thomas 
Middlecoates a peece of golde of xxs. and one yonge nagge. To 
Richard Whittingham my brother a piece of golde of xxs. and one 
graye balde ambling nagge. To Mr. Edward Biggie xs. Residue 
to my sonnes Richard and William Whittingham whom I make 
executors. I request Mr. Thomas Middlecotes and my brother 
Richard Whittingham to be supervisors. Provided always and my 
meaning is that my sonne William Whittingham being one of my 
executors shall not stande charged with the payment of anie parte 
of that debte which I owe unto Mr. Caudron for my landes latelie 
purchased of him. 

Prob. at Boston 2 May, 1610 by ex". 

Brother of Bichard Whittingham of Boston, whose will is given later on. The famUy 
probably originally came from Lancashire. I do not know whether the American Whittinghams 
descend from the Lincolnshire family or not. 


The 16th Feb. 1610. Herbarte Walcot of Swynesheade in the 
countie of Lincoln, gent, sicke in bodye etc. To my three children 
John, Herbarte, and ifrances Walcot all the messuages landes etc« 


44 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

which I have by the righte of my lato wyfe duringe the tyme 
lymited in the will of John Knighte her former husbande that is to 
say till Elizabeth Knight her daughter shall accomplish the age of 
18 yeares ; my executor having power to let the same for the whole 
time for the use of my said children and the maintenance and 
bringing upp of Elizabeth Knighte. I will the moneye remaynynge 
in my hands for the provydinge of coales for the poore of Swines- 
heade be delyvered over unto Mr. Marke Saltonstall for the per- 
formance of that busenes, and I give xi\js. iiijd. to the same, use to 
be added thereto. Residue to my brother Thomas Walcot of 
"Walcot whom I make sole executor, trustinge he will be a Lovinge 
and just unckle unto my children, and I name supervisors my 
brother Henry Nelson parson of Howgham and my brother Bobert 
Harryes of Kerton-holme to whose kynde care together with my 
Executor I comitte the government and bringing upp of my children 
together with the portions, hoping they will be heareby intreated to 
yelde me ther lovinge helpe. 

Prob. at Lincoln 23 March 1610 by Ex'. 

The Walootts, of Wolcott, were of great antiqnlty in Lincoliuhire, but never took a 
prominent part in the Ooanty, They were on the side of the Parliament during the CMl 
War, as were most of the Eeeteyen and Holland families. 


The 16th Nov. 1609. EUinor Pistor of Metheringham in the 
County of Lincoln widow late wyfe of William Pistor of Mether- 
ingham aforesaid Esq. deceased, being sicke in body etc. My body 
to buryed in the parish church of Metheringham neere unto my 
said husband Mr. Pistor deceased. To the Cathedrall Church of 
Lincoln vjd. To the repaire of the church of Metheringham 
vjs. viijd. To the poore of Metheringham xs. To the poore of 
Dunston vs. To the poore of Blankney vs., to be bestowed upon 
them at my buryall. For that I would by this my will performe 
and dischaxdge that truste reposed in me by the last will and testa- 
ment of my said husband deceased, I do give and bequeath unto 
Charles and Alexander Pistor my sonnes the one halfe of all my 
goods and chattells (one gold chaine and all my plate onely 
excepted) equally to be divided between them. I give the said 
gold chaine unto Rose Pistor wyfe of the said Alexander Pistor. 
Item all my plate I give unto Charles Pistor my sonne. Item for 
the disposeing of the other halfe of all my goods and jewelles and 
readye money yet remaining to give, ffirst I bequeath unto Edward 
Pistor my sonne twenty shillinges in money for his portion to be 
paide within one half yeere next after my decease. Item I give 
unto William Pistor sonne of the aforesaid Edward Pistor twenty 
ewe sheepe to be putt forth by my executor and supervisors for 
the best use and profitt of the said William Pistor untill he come 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 45 

to his full age of one and twenty yeeien. And my will is that 
neither his father nor mother shall medle nor have to do with the 
saide sheepe. Item I give unto Gilbert Pistor of Boston one 
Angell of gold to be delivered unto hym within one moneth next 
after my decease. Item I give unto Mr. Eobert Pistor one peece 
of gold of xiijs. and also one ringe with a diamond stone in yt. 
Item I give nnto Mr. Eichard Enderby one ffrenche crowne in gold. 
Item I give unto William, Thomas and Richard Enderbye the three 
sonnes of the said Eichard Enderbye the some of i\ju. to be 
equallye divided amongst them. Item I give unto Henery 
Lampkyne my servant one cowe and one balde mare. To Edward 
and Agnes Lampkyne his children ten ewe sheepe. To the said 
Henry Lampkyne two and twenty strikes of maulte. Item I give 
unto Thomas Curteis my servant twenty shillings in money. Item 
I give unto Agnes Holmes one gold ringe that was her grand- 
mother's. Item I give to Mr, Lounde parson of Blanckney in 
consideration of tythes not paid unto him for the hie close the 
some of vjs. viijd. Item I give to the said Agnes Holmes one 
paire of lynnen sheetes. Item to Isabell Pistor daughter of Charles 
Pistor my gold Einge with the seale of yt. Item to the said Isabel 
Pistor one of my gold Braceletts. Item to the said Isabell, Ellinor 
and Elizabeth Pistor, daughters of the said Charles to every of them 
forty shillings when married or of 21 years of age. To Mary Pbtor 
daughter of Alexander Pistor fifty shillings when married, etc., and 
my other bracelett of golde, and allso one Spurr royall of golde to 
make her a ringe of. Item to Charles Pistor's wife my Turkey 
golde ringe. Item to Agnes Benson one cowe. To Alice Sawell 
my mayden ten shillings. To Mathie Sleight one ewe sheepe. To 
William Harper one ewe sheepe. To Elizabeth Blackbome my 
maiden one ewe sheepe. To Christopher Pratt one ewe hogg. To 
Efifam Hargrave widow one lyne kertle and my white petticoate. 
To Agnes Holmes my redd petticoate and my highe crowned hatt. 
Eesidue to Charles Pistor my sonne whome I make sole executor. 
I ordaine and make Mr. Anthony Brown Yicar of Metheringham 
and Edward ffalkingham of the same to be supervisors j and give 
them for their paines either of them twenty shillings. 

Signed Ellinor Pistor her marke. 

Prob. at Lincoln 24 Oct. 1610. Admon. given to Ex'. 

See pedigcee of Pistor in Vis. of Lina 1662, p. 99. The testatrix seems to hare been a 
wife of William Pistor who married twice, but it is not dear whether her maiden name was 
Clare or Massey. The Pistors died out in the seventeenth centoiy. 


The 2nd Dec. 1609. William Willoughby of Heckington in the 
County of Lincoln, gentleman. Sicke of bodye etc. My body to 
be buryed in the parish church of Heckington. To the poore people 

46 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

of Heckington xxyjs. viijd. To the poore of Great Hale vs., to be 
divided at the discretion of my executors. To the mother chnrch 
of Lincoln xijd. One angell of golde to the right worshipful S^ 
Edward Carr, knight, my singular good master whome god preserve. 
To Mrs. Elizabeth Grantham xs. To my brother Thomas WiUoughby 
ij doblets, i] cootes ij payre of britches and 1 cloke. To Thomas 
WiUoughby the younger ijs. vjd. To my sister Isabell Sharpe xxs., 
and the howse wherein she dwelleth, for her life, and then to my 
son Michael WiUoughby and his heires. Also to my son Michael 
WiUoughby a messuage etc. in North Kime. To my cosen An 
Goldeinge xxs. and my cosen Kathren Goldeinge xs. (Legacies to 
godchildren and servants.) To my daughter Jane Morley one quy ; 
to my daughter in law Mary Willoughbye one quy. To my 
daughters Ann, Kathren and Susan WUloughbye xl^*. apeece. To 
my daughter Alice Willoughbye xl*^, to be payd to my supervisor 
when she is 16, to be put forth to her best use till she is 21 or is 
married. To my neece Margrett Greene xxs, ' To my sonne 
Anthony Willoughbye aU my landes, tenements etc. in Heckington, 
to him and his heirs for ever ; also all my leases, chattells etc. and 
I make him and my sonne in law Thomas Morley executors. I 
give vj^^. xiijs. iiijd. apeece to my daughters Ann, Kathren, Susan, 
and Alice WUloughbye, and to my sonne in law Thomas Morley 
xxxs. I intreate WUliam Burton, gentleman, to be supervisor. 

(Among debts due to testator, George Cawdron xP. a schedule 

Item. My wiU is that theis debtes be divided as foUoweth, viz. 
three partes of them to my sonne Anthony WiUoughby, and the 
fourth parte to be equally divided amongste aU the reste of my 

Prob. at Lincoln 3 July 1610 by Ex". 

Ko indication is giren in this Will which will senre hs a cine to the testator's paientage. 



The Ist July 1611, I Augustine ffitzwilUam of Claxbie-pluckakar 
in the County of Lincoln, Clarke and a gentleman being of perfect 
memory though sicke in bodie god there be praised etc. I comitt 
my soule into the hands of aUmighty god my Creator whoe of his 
mercie gave it me and to Jesus Christ my Eedeemer whoe by 
his death and pretious bloodshed hath paid the ransome for my 
sinnes to god his father by his most willing suffering of his bodie 
to be rent and tome upon the crosse to shedd there his most pretious 
heart-blood to be shedd for my sinnes and for the sinnes of the 
whole world. My bodie to be buried in the Chauncell of Claxbie 
aforesaid. To the Minster of Lincoln yjd. To my daughter 
Magdalen Mandsonne my two great pewter candlesticks, the latten 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 47 

bason. To Thomas ffitzwilliam my boye whome I brought up from 
his cradle two sheder sheepe goeing with John and Eichard Thorpe 
sheepe, and all my bookes. Residue to be equally divided betwixt 
my boye and his father, and I will that my said boye be delivered 
into the handes of my cosen Thomas ffitzwilliam of Mablethorpe to 
put him forth prentice with. I will that my sonne Thomas whome 
I make sole executor do give to William Done (Dove 1) ijs. vjd. at 
such tyme as he sell that my parte of come growing on the gleabe 
land if I dye before harvest be ended, and I will that my said cozen 
Thomas ffitzwilliam be supervisor, and I give him for his paines 
therin two oi my best houlding piggs. Per me Augustinum 
ffitzwilliam Clericum generosumque. I give to my ladie ffitzwilliam 
although unknown to me my applecombe whensoever I dye. 
Prob. at Lincoln 5 Dec. 1611 by Ex^^. 

Bvidently one of the FitzwilHams of Mablethorpe, bat his name does not oocar in any 
pedigree I have seen. 



The 19th Oct. 1611. I Henry Ayscough of Blyborough in the 
County of Lincoln, knight, the unprofitable servant of God, weake 
in bodie, but strong in mynde, thankes to my lord Jesus for yt, doe 
willingly and with a free hart render and give againe into the hands 
of my lord god and Creator, my Spirit, which he of his fatherly 
goodnesse gave unto me, when he first fashioned me in my mother's 
wombe making me a living creature, nothing doubtinge but for his 
infinite mercies set forth in the precious blood of his dearly beloved 
Sonne Jesus Christ, our alone Saviour and Redeemer, he will 
receave my soule into his glory, and place it in the company of the 
heavenly Aungells and blessed Sainctes. And as concerninge my 
bodie even with a good will and a free harte, I give over, comend- 
ing it to the earth wherof yt came, nothinge doubtinge but according 
to the artickles of my fayth, at the great day of the generall 
resurrection when we shall appeare before the Judgment seate of 
Christe, I shall receave the same againe by the mighty power of 
God, whearwithall he is able to subdue all thinges to himself^ not 
a corruptible mortall weake and vile bodie, as it is nowe, but an 
incorruptible imortall, stronge and perfect bodie, in all thinges like 
unto the glorious body of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 
ffirst therfore my will is and I bequeath unto the mother church of 
and at Lincoln vjs. viijd., and that my bodie shall according to 
God's lawes and the kinge's be buried, and that within the Church 
of Blyborough and as neare the corpes of my former wife deceased 
as conveniently may be. Next as touchinge my present wife 
with whome I coupled myself in the feare of God (in regard my 
debtes be greate) in recompence of her thirds, a further reasonable 

48 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

portion of my goodes (if my meanes were according to my well 
wishing to her). I give and hequeath unto her (that is) to Dame 
Margaret my wife my Coach and two Coach-horses, three feather 
heds marked with E.S.M. ; likewise that moytie of the manor of 
Tamby devided alreadie for her joynture, as is specified under her 
hand and myne, and that she may (have?) free and peaceable 
libertie to enjoy the Annuall fall of the underwood for her necessarie 
provision. Item I bequeath all my landes, rents, leases etc. within 
the manors of Blyborough and Tumby, and in and within Tor- 
thorpe, Messingham, East Eutterwick, Snitterby and Marham or 
els where unto Henry Ayscough my grandchild the sonne of 
Gualter Ayscough my eldest sonne deceased, and to his heires male 
etc. ; in default to his brother Edward Ayscough ; in default to his 
brother Gualter Ayscough; in default to Charles Ayscough my 
naturall sonne ; in default to Henry Ayscough my naturall sonne ; 
in default to the heires generall of the above Henry, Edward, 
Gualter, Charles Ayscough, and to the heires generall of the heires 
male of Henry Ayscough aforesaid successively. (This entail not 
to prejudice any existing leases etc.) To Charles Ayscough my 
sonne all that faxme which he houldeth of me in Tumby, with both 
the milles come, water-mill and fulling mill, to him and his sonne 
Henry Ayscough that now liveth for the tearme of their lives and 
the survivor of them, paying by the yeare iiijd. ; at the feast of 
the Annuntiation of our Ladie, commonly called the Ladyday in 
lent ijd.' and at the feast of St. Michael the Archaungell ^'d., or 
to be paid at the Courte houlden at the manner of Tumby to the 
Lord of the soile for a knowledge penny. Item to Charles 
Ayscough my sonne xx^. of goodes as they shall be prised or xx^^. 
in money. Item to Gualter Ayscough my brother xx^., and to 
Elizabeth Ayscough his daughter xx^. Item to Stephen Bowyer my 
sonne in lawe in consideration of a portion which I promised him 
with Susan my daughter xF. Item for the same consideration all 
that which my sonne in lawe James Oglethorpe houldeth of me by 
lease in Tumby by the space of nyne yeares next after the expiration 
of my sonne Oglethorpe's lease ; yeelding and paying yearly after 
his entrance into it at the two Court dayes houlden for the mannor 
of Tumby ijd. Item to Henry ffitzwilliam my sonne in lawe xl^. 
of my goodes etc. or in money. Item to Winnyfryd ffitzwilliam 
viij^'. to be paid at her marriage or when 20 yeares old. To my 
daughter Elizabeth ffitzwilliam six of my best milke cowes and one 
Ambling gelding called curbes. Item to Edward Ayscough my 
grandchild, sonne of S'^ Gualter Ayscough deceased, a yearelie 
anuitie for tearme of his life of xR, item all my bookes of lawe, and 
one gelding of the valewe of xx markes. Item to Gualter Ayscough 
my grandchild, sonne of the said S' Gualter Ayscough deceased, a 
yearly annuity of xl". Item to Henry Ayscough, sonne of my 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 49 

Sonne Henry Ayscough R To Thomas Vicars my servante for 
and in consideration of money lent, laid out for me, and in regard 
of wages due unto him for his service, xl^^ (Legacies to servants.) 
Eesidue to my grandchild Henry Ayscough sonne of S^ Gualter 
Ayscough deceased, also all plate Jewells, chattells etc., to him. I 
make my grandchildren the said Henry Ajscough and Edward 
Ayscough sonnes of S' Gualter Ayscough executors ; and my sonnes 
in lawe Henry ffitzwilliam Esq. and Stephen Bowyer, gentleman, 

Proh. at Lincoln 24 Oct 1611 hy Henry Ayscough Esq. Prob. 
at C.P.C. by Ex". 6 Dec. 1611. Will declared null by sentence, 
Trinity term, 1614. 

Personalty sworn 1400". 19s. lOd. 

The fortimes of the Ayfloonghs of Blyborongh declined not long after the testator'c 
death, and Blyboroc^h was sold to the Sonthootee. Sir Henry's grandson lived at Mable- 
thorpe where some property still remained, but he died in 1638, and apparently the representa- 
tion of the family passed to his three daughters : Franoee, wife of Charles Newoomen, of 
Saltfleetby ; Anne, wife of Fnlke Hanokes ; and Mildred (it is snpposed), wife of Nicholas 
Newoomen, of Theddlethorpe. 



The 10th July, 1611. Margery Neale of Homcastle widow, 
being of perfect health and memory. My body to be buried in the 
Church of Horncastell next to the place where my husband was 
laid, hoping that by the power of Christ his resurrection my body 
shall rise againe, and body and soule being united shall receive their 
full glorification in the kingdome of heaven. I geve towards the 
repayring of the Church of Horncastell xls. and to the repairing of 
the little chancell where my husband lyeth iij^. To the pore people 
dwelling in twenty Townes next about Homcastle at the time of 
my death xxs. a Towne to be paide at two times, viz. the one half 
the day of my bunall, the other half that day twelvemonth after 
etc. To the pore of the parish wherein I was borne being St. 
Botulphe's in Lincoln xls. by yeare yearely to be paid out of my 
house and ground which I bought at Mawblethorpe, at the nativity 
of our Saviour Christ. To my Nephew Thomas Hutchinson the c^*. 
which he hath in his hands, and to his mother a white sylver boule 
which I usuallye were. To the said Thomas in money x^. To 
William his brother xxx^. To Christopher his brother xls. a yere 
for his lief. To ffrances Becke my neece one sylver tunne, and in 
money xx^. and to everyone of her now children xls. apeece. To 
Margery Gryme my neece one silver tunne and in money xx^. and 
to everyone of her now children xls. apeece. To Dorothye 
Maddison, my nece, in money xx^*., and my grogram gowne, one 
bed stedd standing in the chamber over ye hall, with ffetherbed 
and all other furniture, thereto belonging, one great chest which 

50 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

was my mother's, standing in the same chamber, my midle silver 
salte, a suite of diaper, viz. a square table cloth, a dozen of napkins 
and a towel, and two needleworke cushons; all which things after her 
decease I do geve to Elizabeth her daughter, and to everyone of her 
children v^. a peece. Item to Awdrie Newport, my neece, one 
silver tunne, in money xx". and to every one of her now children 
xls. a peece. To Bridget Hutchinson my neece one pare of linnen 
sheets, ij pillow-beares, one table cloth, one dozen of napkins and 
in money xx*^. To William Hutchinson eldest sonne of my brother 
Christopher in money xx". To Robert Hutchinson his brother my 
house in Horncastell wherein he now dwelleth to him and to the 
heires of his body lawfully begotten; in default to his brother 
Christopher and his heirs; paying yearly to Anne Hamerton for 
her life xls. To said brother Christopher Hutchinson xxx^. 
To Mary ffitche, my neece, one silver goblet, xx". a pare of Linne 
sheetes, and ij pillow-beares; and to every of her now children 
xls. a peece. To my nephew Thomdike and to Margery his wief c". 
which he hath in his hands, and to his sonne William, my godsonne, 
x'^., and to every one of his other children v^^ apeece. To the said 
Margery my neece I geve my best gowne, one feilled bedsteade 
standing in the chamber over the hsJl, with a fetherbed and all 
other furniture etc. ; one barred chest standing in the same chamber 
which I bought of her father, and a suite of damaske, namelye a 
tableclothe, a towell j cubberd cloth and ix napkins ; all which 
things, except the gowne, after her decease I wyll shall remayne 
to Sarah her daughter to whom also I geve j payre of fine Linne 
sheets of Thre bredthes, and one payre of Linn pillowbeare wrought 
with a needleworke seame. To Anne Hammerton my neece xls. a 
yeare during her life naturall, to be paid her as a rente charge out 
of my house at Horncastell (as before in the guifte thereof is 
reserved). Item to the said Anne Hamerton xxx^., j payre of elne 
broad sheetes, one tableclothe, vj napekins, and ij piUowbeares, 
which I will shall remaine after her death to her sonne Nicholas ; 
to whom I also geve in money xxx^. To my cozen Edward 
Hutchinson in money x^'., and to Susan his wief a drinking Jugg 
covered with silver, and to his daughter Hester my goddaughter 
one standinge bedsteade ; j livery cubberd and a needleworke cushion 
all standing in the chamber over the parlor ; and to everyone of his 
other children xxs. apeece. To my cozen Mary Cutbert one 
drinkinge Jugge covered with silver, one tablecloth to be cut out 
of the webbe and vj napkins. To Richard ffreeston her sonne v". 
and to George his sonne v^., and to Nathaniell Cutbert sonne of the 
said Mary v^*. To my cozen Knight and his wief either of them a 
gold ringe. To my cozen Dolly his wief v^. and to Edward her 
sonne, my godsonne v". To my cozen Arthur Hutchinson x". To 
Thomas Dawson of Lincoln, Baker, xs., and to his brother xs. and 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 51 

to their two sisters a peece of gold each of xzs. To the children of 
Edward Dawson deceased xs. a peece. To my cozen Susan Keall 
in gold xls., and to her children iiij^. To Eobert f&eeston, besides 
the c^., one goold ring, and to Robert his sonne a pece of gold of 
iij^. zs., and to his daughter Margery my goddaughter a silver 
gobblet doble gilt, one payre of elne broad linne sheets, two pillow- 
beares ; and to Anne and Mary her other two sisters either of them 
one paire of elne broad linne sheets, and j paire of pillowbeares. 
To Thomas Eathbeck my late nephewe's sonne xx^., and to his 
sister Margret y^. To every one of Peter Smitho's daughters which 
he had by Anne Neall xxs. apeece. To Anne Beedam daughter of 
William Neall my silver salte usnallye worne, and in money xxs., 
and to her mother xs. To the repaireing and making seats in the 
Church of Saltfletby All Saints xxs., to be bestowed at the discretion 
of Mr. Leonard and Mr. Charles Newcomen. To Anne Cooke my 
goddaughter iiij^^ To Mrs. Davison one of my little gilt goblets 
and to Mr. Davison v^. and my silver Canne, which after his 
decease I will shall remaine to John his sonne my godsonne, to 
whome also I geve in money v". To my loveinge freind Mr. 
Charles Newcomen of Saltfletby a piece of gold of iij". xs., and to 
Joane his wief a casting bottell of silver parcell gilt, which I will 
after her decease shall remaine to Margery theire daughter my god- 
daughter, to whom also I geve one of my little bowles double 
gilte. To my loveinge frende Mrs. Townerowe a pece of goulde 
of xs., and to George Townerowe her sonne my godsonne a 
piece of goulde of xxxs. To Jasper Smythe and his wief a 
peice of gould of xs. apeece. To Mr. Clement Boothe xxs. 
and to his wief xs. To Jane Philips wief to Vincent Smithe 
in money vj". whereof herselfe to have the one half viz. iij". and 
her daughter Elizabeth my goddaughter the other iiju To every 
man servent, and every maid servant dwelling with me at the time 
of my death v'*. etc. To everyone of my nephew Thomdike's 
servants that shall be dwelling with him at the time of death ijs. vjd. 
To the pore people of Homcastle in money xx**. whereof my will 
is that x^^. thereof be distributed amongst them by my executors on 
the day of my buriall, and the other x^^ likewise on that day 
twelvemonthe. To the which pore I also geve xxx^. more, whereof^ 
my will and mind is that x^. shalbe yearly bestowed and employed 
towards the buying of coals or other f ewell by such person or persons 
as the Minister and Churchwardens there shall appoint, which I will 
shall be yerely also in the winter time by them sold out to the 
poore of the said towne onely for ready money, and at such rate and 
price as they did cost in ready money, the charges alwayes deducted 
so as the principall stocke may continue and be upholden to be 
employed for that use in manner aforesaid and not otherwise for 
ever, and xx", the residue of the said xxx^. my will intent and 

52 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

purpose is shalbe paid to the governors of the free Grammer Schoole 
there within one yeare after my decease, and by them at their 
discretions lent freely unto twenty poore folke of the said Towne, 
viz., xxs. apeece to whome everye of the said poore shall enter into 
bond with sufl&ciente suerty for the payment thereof againe, at the 
yeare's ende, without any use or interest, save onely to the clarke 
for making the bond, so as the said xx}K may continue to that use 
for ever, and these bonds to be taken and renued, or the money 
taken from one and lent to another at the discretion of the said 
governors or the greater number of them upon the feast of St. John 
the Baptist yearly for ever. Item I geve to the free Grammar 
-s^choole of Horncastell aforesaid xx^. Item to twelve poore women 
to be nominated by my executors to follow me to my buriall, every 
one of them a black cloth gowne of eight shillinges a yard. To Mr. 
Holinhedge our minister my byble, in money xls., his wief a pece of 
golde of xxs. and his daughter Margery my goddaughter xxs. To 
each one of my godchildren forgotten xijd. All of full age at my 
death to have their legacies paid after twelvemonths ; those under 
age when they are 21. Eesidue to Eobert Hutchinson and Harbert 
Thomdike my nephews whom I make executors, and Edward 
Hutchinson, my cosen, supervisor. 

Margery Neall, her marke M. 
Prob. at Lincoln 12 Oct. 1611 by Ex'®. Also at C.P.C. 10 May 
1613 by Herbert Thomdike. 

This Will is pecnliarly interesting, as it gives ns an idea of the position of a wealthy, 
aged widow, living in a small provincial town. She was a Hntchinson by birth, one of an old 
citizen family in Lincoln. William Hutchinson was Mayor in 1552, and John Hutchinson in 
1556 and in 1564. The niece Frances Beoke was the daughter of Thomas Hutchinson, of 
Theddlethorpe, and wife of Robert Becke, of Lincoln ; another old citizen family. Anottier 
niece, Dorothy Maddison, was the daughter of Thomas Hutchinson, and wife of Thomas 
Maddison, of Tmsthorpe. 



The 27th Sept. 1610. I Thomas Leiche of Langton iuxta 
"Wragbye in the County of Lincoln, yeoman, being sicke in body 
but of good and perfecte remembrance, thanks be given to god, 
considering with myselfe the fraile and mutable estate of this 
transitorye lyfe and desiorous to sett in order and to dispose of such 
goods and chattells as god hath blessed me withall do make and 
ordaine this my last will etc. My body to be buryed in some con- 
venient place in the Church of Langton. To the poor of Langton 
xxs. To my loveinge wyfe Anne Leiche the farme wherein I now 
dwell with all and singuler the closes of pasture and arrable which 
I now hold etc. to have and to hold the said farme unto my said 
wyfe and her assignes from the first day of May next for and during 
the Eesidue of the yeres then to come and unexpired, together with 
all the pales and firewood aboute my yard, and all my waynes, 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 53 

cartes, ploughes, plough-tymber, wheeles, wheele-tymber, boords, 
plancks, and all my houshold goods now being in my said dwelling- 
house. Item all my come in the Laithe and my beane-stacke and 
all my hay excepte such hay as shall be spent aboute my cattell till 
May-day, and six of my best kye. Item my will and mynd is 
that the supervisor of my will shall have the said farme for the 
better putting of my stocke to the benefitt of my children till May- 
day next, and for the making and raysing of such portions and 
legacyes as are herein specified. Item to my eldest sonne Thomas 
Leiche cxl**., the halfe thereof to be delivered to the Eight Wor" 
S' Thomas Grantham, Knight, my singuler good master, and 
thother halfe to be delivered into the hands of my very good 
unckle Eoberte Grantham, Esquier, to be putt forth or imployed 
after the rate of 8". for a c". in the yeere, and otherwise for the 
better profitt of my sonne as my said master and unckle shall 
thincke best, and xx nobles of the increase and benefitt thereof to 
be allowed to my wyfe or any other to whom my said master and 
unckle shall comitt my said sonne to be brought upp for his main- 
tenance imtill he shall accomplish the age of fowerteen yeeres, and 
after yf yt please god to make him fitt to proceed in learning in any 
of the universityes then to have such allowance as his said Gardians 
shall thincke sufficyent for his mayntenance there. To my said 
sonne my farme etc. in Fanton from May-day next during the terme 
and yeeres etc. Item to ffrancis Leiche my daughter cxx^^. to be paid 
unto her togeather with the increase when she shall accomplish the 
age of one and twenty yeeres, and yf she happen to be marryed 
before that tyme then at her age of eighteen yeeres, and in the 
mean tyme my will and desire is that one moitye thereof shall be 
delivered into the hands of my loveinge brother in law George 
Howe, and the other moitye to be delivered into the hands of my 
loveing brother Mr. Eichard Johnson of Southwell to be putt forth 
or imployed after the rate of 8". for a c^*. by the yeere or otherwyse 
for the better benefitt of my said daughter as they shall thincke 
meete, and xx nobles of the increase and profitt thereof to be paid 
yeerly to whom they or the survivor of them shall thincke meete 
for her education and mayntenance untill she shall accomplish the 
age of twelve yeeres, and after to have eight pounds yeerly for her 
better mayntenance untill she shall accomplish the age of one and 
twenty yeeres, and unmarryed. Item to my sonne Eobert Leiche 
cxx^*., when he shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeeres ; 
in the meantyme one half to be delivered to my loveing neighbour 
John Cater, and the other to my loveing Goshipp Henry Eands to 
be imployed at the rate aforesaid, (xx nobles to be paid yearly for 
his maintenance till he is ten years of age). Item to my daughter 
Elizabeth Leiche c^'. to be delivered to her when one and twenty. 
In the meantime one half to be delivered to my brother Thomas 

54 LlNCOLKSHlRfi WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Jolly, and the other half to my brother William Langley, to be put 
forth at the rate aforesaid. Five pounds to be paid yearly for her 
benefit till she is twelve years of age, and then eight pounds. 
(Benefit of survivorship to the children.) Item to my Right 
"Wor^ master S' Thomas Grantham, Knight, fewer pounds in olde 
golde to be bestowed uppon a sylver bolle or other peice of plate as 
he shall best like, humbly desireing him to accepte the same as a 
remembrance and token of my dutifull love unto him. Item to his 
worthy Lady my good Mris. forty shillings in gold. Item to my 
good unckle Eoberte Grantham, Esquier, an old peece of golde of 
twenty shillings. Item I do release and yeild at May-day next to 
Mr. £&ancis Grantham, Esquier, the interest I have in the closes 
of his in Langton. Item to my good Gossipp Henry Bands ten 
shillings in gold. To my brother Johnson ten shillings. To my 
good &end Robert Manby, Gent., ten shillings. To my loveinge 
neighbour John Cater an old peece of gold of xvs. To my brother 
George Howe ten shillings. To my brother William Leiche of 
Goventrye twenty nobles and my bast cloke and best sute of 
apparell. To my goddaughter Thomasine, daughter of my brother 
Johnson five markes. To the children of my sister Kempe five 
markes. To my brother Langley six strikes of beanes which he 
oweth me, and to his son my godson Thomas Langley a nagg which 
his father should pay me for fifty shillings or els the said fifty 
shillings. To my servant Anne Harrison vs. besides her wages. 
Residue to my wife and children to be divided equally. I make 
my wife sole executrix, and S' Thomas Grantham, Knight, and 
Robert Grantham, Esquire, supervisors. 
Prob. at Llncohi 5 April 1611 by Ex^ 

His marr. licence dated 21 May, 1602. " Thomas Leiche yeoman, and Anne How& epinBter, 
at Goltho." She was a niece of Robert Grantham of the Black Monks, Linoohi, whose Will 
will be giyen in a farther series. 



The 9th Jan. 1611. In Dei nomine, Amen. I William Palmer 
of Lowth in the Countie of Lincoln, gent.^ sick in bodie but of 
good and perfect remembrance etc. My bodie to be buried where 
it shall please god to appoint. I give and bequeath to the most 
neediest people dwelling in Winthorpe the sum of xxs. to be paid 
into the hands of William Pedder of Winthorpe upon good fridaie 
next after my decease, and by him to be presentlie distributed 
amongst the said poore people accordinge to his discretion. Item 
to the most neediest poore people dwelling in Louth the summe of 
iij^^ vjs. viijd. to be delivered into the hands of my brother Thomas 
North, Edward Baylie, Gent., my cosens John and Thomas North, 
uponthe Sondaie next after my decease^ to be distributed at their 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 55 

discretion. To Anne my wief, in lieu of dower, one anuitie of xxU. 
per annum for terme of her naturall lief, out of my freehold lands 
in Winthorpe and Bratofb (with power to distrain). Item to the 
said Anne my wief the summe of c markes, to be paid within one 
month after my decease. To William ffarraie the summe of 
iij*^ vjs. viijd. to be paide on the seconde daie of ffebruarie next 
after my deathe. To Anne E^ans the wief of Thomas Evans 
dwelling in fianshaw streete in London the sume of iij^. vjs. viijd. 
and to Anne Evans her daughter the like sume, to be paid within 
six months after my deathe into the hands of my wief to be imployed 
to their uses. To Margaret Palmer my daughter the sume of cc 
markes to be paid to her when she shall accomplish the age of eighteen 
years ; to be divided among my other children if she die before 
that age. To Thomas Palmer my sonne xx*'. to be paid within six 
months after my death. To John Palmer, my sonne, and his heires 
for ever xii acres of pasture in Skegnes with a salt marsh thereto 
belonging, and I will that Anthonie Palmer my sonne and heir 
apparent shall within six months after my deathe make, enseale, 
and deliver unto John Palmer a good and sufficient release in the 
lawe of all his right and interest in the said xii acres of pasture and 
the said salt marsh in Skegnes, which if my said sonne Anthonie 
refuse to do, then and not otherwise I will give and devise unto the 
said John Palmer three pastures lying in Winthorpe called Grassye 
Green, containinge xxj acres. Item to the said John Palmer the 
sume of xP^ within one yere after my deathe (to be divided in case 
of his death within the year among my other children). To Andrew 
Ormsbie my sonne in lawe and my daughter Lucie his wief, to 
either of them the sum of v^'. to be paid at the feast of St. Michael 
next after my death. Item to my daughter Huchinson and her 
husband v". apiece to be paid as before. To everie of my daughter 
Ormsbie's children the sume of x^^. each, to be delivered to their 
&ther for their use at the above date. (Same legacies to Mrs. 
Huchinson's children.) To my brother Thomas North x^^ to be 
paid within six months after my deathe. To Arthur IS'orth, sonne 
to my said brother, v^^ and to John North, Thomas IS'orth, Jane 
Skelton, ffrancis Bransbie, and Anne Korth, children of my said 
brother Thomas North, to everie of them xs. To Thomas Marley 
my kinsman xxs. To Edward Marley his brother xxs. To Maude- 
lyne Marley his sister iij*^ vjs. viijd. to be paid into the hands of 
Thomas North the younger my nephewe to be put forth to her use 
till she come to the age of xviij yeres. Item to Charles, William, 
Bridgitt, Maudeline, and Sarah Tarbrough, my cosen Maudelyn's 
children, to everie one of them vs. To my cosen Elizabeth North 
vs. and to everie of her children vs. To everie one of John North, 
his children, vs. To everie one of my cosen Jane Skelton's children 
vs. To everie one of my cosen Branston's (sic) vs. To Thomasine 

V1IJ <mm-a« imtma*.,^ 

56 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

West and to hor sister Margaret my sister's daughters, to either of 
them xs. To my cosen Alice Eichardson vs. To my cosen Henrie 
Skinner and to John Skinner his brother to either of them xs. To 
everie of my sister Hudson's children xs. To my Gossip William 
Pedder ijs. To Dorothie Baylie of Stewton my daughter in lawe 
xs., and to my sonne in lawe Edward Baylie of Stewton xs. and to 
George Baylie my god childe xs. To John Palmer my sonne all 
my interest and terme of yeres of the moytie of my lease in Skegnes 
which I holde of the king's majestie, and all my terme of yeres 
therein unexpired paying the moytie of the rent etc. Item I will 
that my executor give unto my daughter Margaret yearlie the sume 
of viij". for her maintenance till she come to the age of xviij yeres, 
and that my said daughter be educated at the discretion of Anne 
my wiof, tUl she come to the said age, if they both so longe shall 
live together. Eesidue to my sonne -Anthonie Palmer whom I 
make sole executor; and I make Christopher Palmer and John 
Pearson of Brugh supervisors, and give to each a double soveraigne 
of golde. Witnessed by ffran. Skelton, scriptor, Thomas North 
Edward Baylie etc. 

The 11th Jan. 1611. Memorandum. I William Palmer etc. 
have made this codicill etc. I will that Anne my wief shall have 
the use of one half of all my household goods at Louth during her 
naturall lief. Also she shall have the use and occupation of all 
these severall roomes parcell of my dwellinge house in Louth here- 
after mentioned, i.e. the brewhouse, the kitchen, and the butterie 
next adjoyning, with all the chambers over them with free ingrosse, 
egresse etc. for the terme of xxj yeares next after my deathe ; pro- 
vided always that she shall not let the same or anie parte thereof 
to anie other than my said sonne Anthonie or my next heire at the 
Common Lawe. Item I will that my said wief shall have sufficiente 
roome in the foreyard for the laying of her fuell yerelie during the 
said terme. Item I will that my said sonne Anthonie, or my next 
heire at the Common Lawe shall repaire all the said roomes which 
I have willed to my said wief within one half yoare after my 
decease, and maintain and keepe them etc. Item I give to my said 
wief all my fur wood and coales at Lowthe. Item I will that she 
shall have the use of these severall peeces of plate, viz., one silver 
salte parcell gilte, one silver boll ungilt, one silver beaker and six 
silver spoones, during her lief, and after her death I give them to 
Margaret my daughter. I give one silver goblet to my daughter 
Lucie Ormsbie, and one other silver goblet to my daughter Elizabeth 
Hutchenson. Per me Willim. Palmer. 

Prob. at Lincoln 27 Jan. 1611 by Ex^ 

Personalty sworn, 1000". 

One of an old yeoman family at Winthorpe, in co- Linooln, and also at Bnngh-le-Manlit 
His first wife, Thomasine, the mother of his children, was buried at Winthorpe 24 Dea, 1596. 
The Palmers were of great antiqnity, though not of gentle rank in the oonnty. A brass to 
William Palmer ** with ye stylt,*' dated 1529, is still in Ingoldmells Church. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 57 


I Thomas Cony of Bassingthorpe in the County of Lincoln, 
Esquier, whole in body and mynde and of good remembrance etc. 
My body to be buried in the Chappell of the Parishe Church of 
Bassingthorpe- To the Mother Church of Lincolne the some 
of xs. towimis the repaire therof to be paid by my executors 
within a month or six weeks after my decease. I give 
to all my children god's blessing and myne. I give to my 
wief and S' Thomas Cony, Knight, my eldest sonne, all my goods 
and chattells whatsoever within the mannor house of Bassingthorpe, 
desyreing them twaine to be good to all as they shall thinke good. 
To everyone of my men servants vjs. viijd. apeece. To every maide 
servante in my howse vs. apeece. And for soe much I have beene 
at greate charges in my tyme of sicknes is the cause I make this 
shorte will, for that I knowe not what receipte of money is in my 
Bayliffs and Servants hands to have of them any perfecte Accompte. 
And for soe much as my grandchild Elizabeth Cony, my eldest 
Sonne's daughter, hath taken paynes with me in my sicknes, I give 
her xxs. to make her a ring of goald with a deathe's heade on the 
one side, and a Conny on the other side. I give to my servant 
Mary Hinkes likewise xxs. to make her a ring. I make my 
welbeloved wief Alice executrix, if she overlive me, and if she 
dye in my life tyme I make my said sonne S' Thomas Cony, 
Knight, my executor, chargeing him to see my funeralls performed 
according to my degree. I make my sonne in lawe Thomas 
Butler, Esquire, my Overseer, trusting he will see this my will 
performed. I give to the towne of Grantham xxs. to be paid at the 
day of my funeralls. In witness whereof I have to this my shorte 
will set to my hand. 22 May 9th Jac. I. And I doe purpose 
when I shall hereafter knowe my estate, to be beneficiall to Christe 
Colledge and St. Johns, if it shall please Gode to sende me a little 
longer tyme in this worlde. And as touchinge my appareU my will 
and mynde is although it be but simple and small as well my 
gownes, dublitts, shirtes, hose, to be and shall be given and dis- 
tributed by my said executors at their discretion amongst my 
servants, as well men servantes as maide servantes which shall be 
with me at my decease, excepting my ould gowne which I doe give 
to the said Mary Hinkes to make her a gowne. In witness whereof 
to thid will conteyning foure sheetes we doe testify it made and 
published the day and yeare abovesaid. Thomas Cony, 1611, God 
sende me good speede. Thomas Butler (and others). 

It is my mynde and will that Thomas Butler my sonne in lawe 
shall keepe this my will untill my further pleasure be knowne. 

Prob. at Grantham. 30 Oct. 1611 by Ex^ 

See Vis. of Line., 1563. for Conmr pedigree. The teBtator had married Alice, daughter 
of Sir Thomas Leigh) Lord Mayor of London. 

58 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 


The 11th Jan. 1610. I S^ John Lockton of Swineshead in the 
County of Lincoln, knight, sick in bodie but thankes be to God of 
a good and perfect remembrance, etc. My bodie I comit yt to the 
earth to be buried in the Quier where I sitt in the parishe Church 
of Swineshead or where it shall be thought fitt by my Executor. 
To the mother church of Lincoln xijd. To the poore of Swines- 
head and Wigtoft vj^*. xiijs. iiijd. to be distributed by the 
Churchwardens and Collectors of both parishes. To John Simon 
yj". in consideration of viijs. rent a year which I have receaved 
since he came to me. To Marye Norman and to everyone of hir 
children vjs. viijd. apeece. To Margaret Coke and to her children 
vjs. viijd. apeece. To Margaret Schelton my servant xxs. To 
everyone of my other servants a quarter wages beside there usuall 
wages. Item I will that my executrix so longe as shee or her assigns 
doth quietlie and peaceably hold occupy e possesse and enjoy the site 
of the abbey and other demeane landes graunted by lease for three 
lives, my executrix shall pay unto my sonne William Lockton c^*. 
a yeare soe longe as they two doth live. But yf the said my sonne 
William or his Assigns shall by any means seeke to trouble molest 
or to put out my executrix or her assignes out of the said site of the 
Abbey or other demeanes, that then my mynd is that the c^. which 
I gave to my sonne shall presentlie cease and be extinguished. 
Eesidue to Ladie fErancis my wief whome I make my sole executrix. 
I desire Henry Cust and George Howson to be supervisors. 

Prob. in C.P.C. quoad bona sua infra dioc. Lincoln. 23 Aug. 
1611, by relict and Ex^ Personalty 1872^^ 8s. 6d. 

The testator had married Franoee, danghter of William Howson, of Wigtoft. The 
Locktons snfCered for their loyalty, and were heavily fined. They disappear after the Oommon- 


The 1 2th Dec. 1611. I Christobell Lacon of Biskerthorp within 
the Countie of Lincolne, wydowe, late wyfe of Herbert Lacon late 
of Humberston in the Countie aforesaid, gent., deceased, sick in 
bodie but whole in mynde etc. First and principallie I comend 
and betake my soule into the hands of our Lord, the etemall and 
almightie God, through the passion and deathe of whose onely 
sonne Jesus Christ our saviour and Eedeemer I beleeve cleare 
remission of all my sinnes. My bodie to the earthe to be buried in the 
Churche of Biskerthorp. To Mr. Edward Skipwith, my sonne in 
lawe, one goulde Einge, and to my daughter, his wife, another goulde 
Einge, being the better of them. To Edward Skipwith, sonne of 
the said Edward, one Frenche crowne. To Mary Skipwith, his 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 5& 

sister, my best gowne, my best kirtle, and the bodies belonging unto 
it. To Elizabeth, her sister, my best petticoate. To Gibert, 
Bikhard, Elizabeth and Marie Hansard, my grandchildren, ijs. yjd. 
apiece. To William Pagett, Hansard Knowles and Zacharie 
Knowles, my grandchildren, ijs. yjd. apiece. To William Hansard, 
my grandchild, xls. To Mr. John SuttlifPe, my brother, xs. To 
my cosin Mr. William Hansard my best napkyn, and to my cosin 
Marie, his daughter, ijs. yjd. To my sister Hansard my best 
smocke. To my sister Goche my best Camebrick bend. To my 
dawghter Knowles my cloth gowne, my burrato kirtle, my pillyon 
seate, and pillion clothe, my truncke, and some of my lynnen which 
I used to weare. My will is that my sonne Knowles shall have all 
my arable land and leas belonging to my farme at Gayton this 
yeare, to so we or otherwyse to dispose of as he shall thinke best. 
I give to Mris. Leeche my best Camebrick bend save one, and my 
black rashe kirtle. To Mr. Leeche vs. To my cosin Marie, wyfe 
of Humfrey Needham, mine old stuff gowne, my hatt that is new 
dressed, and one new smocke. To good wyfe Steille one course 
Cambrick bend. To wydow Compton one smocke. To Michaell 
Smithe his wife one smocke. To the wife of John Stevenson one 
petticoate. To either of the maides in the house zijd. Whereas 
I bought certaine thinges of my grandchilde William Pagett which 
are yet unpayd for, viz., iiij silver spoones, one plate cupboard, one 
chest) one blankett, one coverlet, one paire of bellowes and one 
fyre shovel], my will and desyre is that he have them all againe in 
full satisfaction and payment for them. Eesidue to S' William 
Hansard my son whom I m£^e sole executor. 

Witnesses. Henry Leeche, clerk, George Steille. 

Prob. at Lincoln. 12 Jan. 1611 by Ex^ 

She was the daughter of Matthew Snttliife, of GiimBby ; and the wife, first of Richard 
Hansard, of Biscathorpe ; secondly of Herbert Laoon, of Hnmberstone. Her son, William 
Hansard, was Imlghted and liTed at Gayton-le-W61d. 


.In the Name of God, Amen. Mem. that the fourth day of 
Januarie, Anno Dom. 1610 S^ William Thorold of Little Paunton 
in the County of Lincoln, Knight, beinge of perfecte minde and 
memory ordayned and made his laste will and testament nuncupatyve 
in manner and forme as foUoweth, or wordes to the like effecte, viz., 
hee did make constitute and appoynte Anthony Thorold of Hough 
on the hill in the said Countye of Lincoln, Esquier, his Brother, 
his sole executor and gave him power to dispose of his goods in the 
presence of ffrancis Pridgeon, clarke (and others). 

Prob. at Lincoln 4 April, 1611, by Anthony Thorold, Esq. 

He was a son of Bobert Thorold by Agnes, danghter and oo-heir of William Andley, of 
Hongh-on-the-Hill, and married Isabel, danghter and heiress of Thomas Thorold, son of Sir 
Anthony Thorold, Ent., of Harston ; he left no issue to sorrire. 

teBTTTBrgrfi • iiin "T vafmuMr^rLi 

60 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 



The 30fch March 1611. I Robert Thompson of Gaudebie in 
the Countie of Lincolne, Gent.^ sick in bodie but whole in minde 
etc. My bodie to the earthe from whence it came. To Suzanne 
Sherrard my daughter cxxx^. To Robert Sherrard her sonne c^. 
To Edmund Sherrard her sonne c^^. To Elizabeth Sherrard her 
daughter c^^ To Helene Sherrard her daughter 1^. To Elizabeth 
Sherrard a juell to hang about her necke ; which said portions my 
will is shall be paid unto them at their several ages of one and twentie 
yeares, or be married. My will also is that the portions be paid 
after my decease to Suzanne Sherrad my daughter ; she to let it 
forth to her children's use and enter into bonde with William 
Lymme and William Thompson my cosen to pay the portions etc. 
Item to Tabitha Thompson my daughter ccxxx*^. to be paid on the 
day of her marriage. To Jidian Thompson my daughter cxxx^. 
To William Lymme x^^ I give c^. to be letten forth by myne 
executors to pay unto my daughter Jane x^. a year during her 
naturall lief, and after her decease to pay unto the children of my 
said daughter x^. a year towards their education till they accomplish 
the age of 21 yeares or be married, and then to have the c^. equally 
divided among so many as are living. If all die before the age of 
21 or marriage then the money is to be divided among the children 
of Suzanne Sherrard aforesaid. To my said daughter Jane x". To 
the two daughters of my late deceased daughter Elizabeth Witton 
xxx^^ apiece when 21 ; if they die under age or unmarried I give 
theii portions to the children of my daughter Julian Lymme. To 
my daughter Suzanne Sherrard c^. towardes the clearing and 
devidinge my landes in Gaudbey from Mr. Moyne's landes there. 
To my cozens Thomas and William Thompson v". apiece. To 
Thomas Smith of Gaudbye v". iiijs. he owdth me at May day ; and 
I wish him to have certain lands etc. for life paying yearly xls. To 
Thomas Witton iy^^ vjs. viijd. To Thomas Jackson and Betton 
Eastlande my serrvants a yearlinge Quie each. To Elizabeth my 
wief foure acres of pasture in Weberton, in the tenure of Nicholas 
Cooke, to her and her heires for ever ; also the house she now lives 
in for her natural life if she keep unmarried. If all my daughters 
die without heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten I give and 
bequeath all my lands and tenements in Gaudbey to my cosen 
William Thompson of Boothbie and to Robert his sonne, and to 
the heirs of their bodies ; failing these to my brother William 
Thompson of Roxolme and his heirs for ever. To the poor of 
Gaudbey xs. I appoint William Lymme my sonne in lawe and 
Thomas Smith of Gaudbey overseers of this my will. Residue to 
my wief Elizabeth whom I make sole executrix. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 61 

Mem. that the c^^ given unto Suzanne Shenard for the cleringe 
and devidinge of my groundes from Mr. Moyne*s groundes shall be 
left at libertie unto William Lymme, William Thompson my 
stepffer (sic) and Thomas Smith for their charges in tryeing of aU 
causes and controversies of suite that may arise or growe etc. I 
geve and bequeath to my cosen William Thompson of Boothby all 
my house and ground adjoyninge in Newarke upon Trente etc. to 
him and his heirs for ever. 

Prob. at Lincoln 10 April 1611 by Ex* 

His daughter Susan had married Bdmand Sherard, of Bracken Bnd, in Woodhall, whose 
Will has been given. See pedigree of Thompson in Vis. of Lino. 1583, pp. l*i^ 7. 


I John Dethe of Gosbertonne in the countie of Lincolne, 
gentleman, sick in body but of perfect remembrance etc. My body 
to the earthe to be buried in the parish Church of Gosbertonne. To 
the poor of Gosbertonne xls. to be distributed at the discretion of 
my executor within one whole year after my death. To my sonne 
Henry Dethe my swann-marke, my best mare and fole and my best 
colte. To my sonne Eobert Dethe foure kyne with their calves, 
to be delivered at Mayday. To my sonne Anthony Dethe c^. to be 
paid within one year after my death. To my sonne John Dethe 
cc^. when he is 21, and meanwhile to have xxK a year paid him by 
my executor. To my sonne Edward Dethe cc". when 21. To my 
sonne Hichard Dethe cc". when 21. To my sonne William Dethe 
cc^. when 21. To my sonne Jonathan Dethe cc^*. when 21 (with 
benefit of survivorship). To my neece Elizabeth Birkbie xx". when 
21 or when married. All my leases to be letten to the best profit 
to pay the above legacies. If the profits amount to more than the 
said portions then my sonne Anthony Dethe is to have c^. more, if 
it comes to so much ; if less, then he is to have less. To my wife 
all my household stuff etc. ; ten of my best kyne ; six mares and one 
cart and one plow with the glares to them belonging. To everyone 
of my household servants vs., except Yalentyne Samson to whom I 
give iij^. vjs. viijd. To Margaret Birkby xls. when 21. To George 
Harrison xls. I give to my loving frend Mr. Thomas Midlecote 
xxs. whom I desire to be Supervisor. Residue to my sonne Henry 
Dethe whom I make sole executor. 15 Aug. 1610. 

Prob. at Lincoln 10 Dec. 1611 by Ex'. 

This family wan connected with the Irbys, bnt never rose into any prominence. 



The 29th Sept.' 1611. I Thomas Palfreeman of Swaby of good 
and perfect remembrance etc. My body to be buried in the Church 

62 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

of Swaby. To Fiances my wief the farme where I nowe dwell with 
the lease etc. excepting xz acres of land which I give forth of it unto 
Thomas Palframan for to occupy until the lease which I haye made 
to Henry Bilton my tenant expires. To the said Thomas Pal&aman 
the lease of a farm where Henry Bilton now dwells for the remainder 
of the years which I have in it. Also all my land after the decease 
of Frances my wife and Henry Palfreeman, if either he or his heirs 
be living ; and in default I give it to Eobert Palfreeman of Lushby 
and his heirs after the decease of my wife Frances and Henry 
Palfreeman. Item to my wife Frances all my land at Carlton for 
her natural life, and all my land at Swaby after the death of Henry 
Palfreeman for her natural life. Item to Henry Palfreeman all my 

^and which I bought in Swaby, for his natursd life, excepting the 
Close called Palfreeman's Close, and provided that whoever shall 
occupy or enjoy the said Close shall pay yearly forever upon Good 
Friday xiijs. iiijd. to the parson and Churchwardens of Swaby to 

\be bestowed upon the poor (with liberty to distrain). Item to my 
owne mother my farme at Thornton for her natural life, and after- 
wards to Frances my wife. To Jane Wharf xxs. to be paid when 
she is 16. Residue to wife Frances whom I make sole executrix. 
Prob. at Lincoln 7 Nov. 1611. 

The Falf ramaiiB were a family of the lesser gentry, seated also at Lmby. Bdward 
Falfreman, of the latter place, compoimded for his estate by paying £148 to the Parliament. 



The 28th Aug. 1611. I Edward Aldye of Wrangle in the 
County of Lincoln, Gentleman, sick of body but whole of mind etc. 
I commend my soule unto Almightie god my maker and redeemer 
with full assurance of the forgivenes of all my sinnes and of ever- 
lasting salvation thorow the only merits of Jesus Christ by his 
pretious death and passion, utterly renouncing all the superstitious 
traditions of the Antichristian Church of Eoome ; and my body to 
be buried in the parish churchyarde of Wrangle as nere unto my 
late wife as can bee. I give to the poor inhabitants of Wrangle 
one quarter of barley to be distributed amongst them according to 
their want at Christmas next after my decease by the discretion of 
my executors Mr. Francis, James Stephenson, and Anthonie Hart. 
Item that James Stephenson my sonne in lawe shall have the truss 
bedsted in the chamber over the dineing parlor with the valones (sic) 
curtaines and curtaine rods, one covering of arras worke with all 
the furniture belonging to the said bed, as it stands, except one 
covering of forest worke, one square table and a carpit upon it, and 
aU the hangings in the same chamber, in full satisfaction of the 
guifte of his father John Stephenson deceased, of all my goods in 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 63 

the said chamber. Item the brickclamp as it standetb, ten quarters 
of seed barly, and the balfe of all my beans tbis yere growing to be 
delivered unto him at seed time next after my decease faire and 
cleane dressed for seed. Item the yong roane mare wi£b her foale 
going in the xj acres. Item two great fattes standing in the great 
barne and newe bowse. Item my swann-marke called the squire 
and crowfoot with all the swanns and cignets theron marked. Item 
my lease and term of yeres to come unexpired in the same, which 
now I have of the devise and graunt of the Maior and Burgesess of 
the Borow of Boston upon this condition that he doe pay or cause 
to be paid unto my executors for the said lease and yeres the some 
of x^*. within one yere next after my decease, etc., etc. Item to my 
daughter in lawe Elizabeth Stephenson six of my best milch kyne 
etc. Item the seeled bedsted standing in the dining parlor, the 
best covering in the bowse not before given, rugg shag or other (sic) 
with all the furniture thereto now belonging in such sort as my 
wife and I had the same furnished when we did lie there. Item 
fower cushings, that is to say two new, and two olde of Yorkeshire 
worke of Thrumbe (sic) more, I give unto her three chaires that is 
to say one of them was bought at Borne, one other of them was 
bought at Boston aforesaid, the third which she shall chose in the 
bowse except the lether chaire. Item the third part of all my 
pewter by weight to take such as is good and serviceable. Item 
the litle silver trencher salte which was her father^s, etc. All my 
lininge, fine and course, to be equally divided into two partes ; one 
to my daughter Jane Aldye, the other to be divided between the 
said Elizabeth Stephenson and my daughter in law Judeth Creswell. 
Item to Simon Creswell the mare which he hath now of mine etc. 
(Bequest to Judeth his wife.) Item to William Hart my sonne in 
lawe, one two yere olde fillie, and I doe forgive him all debts, rents 
etc. he oweth to me. To Agnes his wife xs. To Alice his daughter 
vs. To William Hart son of Anthonie Hart xs. ; to Jane and Alice 
his daughters ijs. a peece ; to Anne his wife xs. To Edward Hart 
his son a two yere olde of coloure pied. Item whereas I did promise 
the foresaid Elizabeth Stephenson a ring of golde worth xxxs. 
twentie yeares agoe I now give unto her in recompence of the said 
ringe my signet golde ringe which hanges at my purse. To every 
one of Simon Creswell's children xls. apeece. (Small legacies to 
godsons, etc.) To my daughter Jane Aldye all debtes owinge unto 
me, that is to say, Mr. Pawfreyman of Swaybe xx". upon specialitie 
etc. etc. Eesidue to my said daughter Jane whom I make sole 
executrix. I desire James Stephenson and Anthonie Hart, my 
sonnes in lawe, to be supervisors, and give Anthonie xls. 
Prob. 2 Jan. 1611-12 at Lincohi by Ex=^. 

This is a family quite of the lesser grade. The desoription of the Swan-mark is worth 




I Anne Manby of Driby in the County of Lincoln, wydow, sick 
in body bat of good and perfect remembrance etc. First I do with 
all my hart comende my soule into the hands of God the father, 
who at the first did create it, of God the Sonnne who did redeeme 
it, and of God the holy ghost who did sanctifie it and cleanse it. 
Also I do committ my body, untill ye day of the generall resurrec- 
tion, to the earthe» and appoint it to be buryed in Driby church, 
from whence my sure and ceitaine hope is, that my Saviour Jesus 
Christ shall raise it to life againe by the mightie power and merytt 
of his glorious resurrection, that my body being againe joyned to 
my soule I may thorow Christ Jesus both in soule and body 
abyde with god, with his angels, and holy Saints for ever in never 
fading joyes. I do bequeath all my goods and chatties at Elsom, 
except one bedstesid which stoode in the hie garrett, to George 
Manby my grandchild. To my sonne Robert Manby ye bedstead at 
Elsom above excepted. To my sonne William Manby, my daughter 
Anne his wife, my daughter Pistor, my daughter Berrisford, my 
daughter Willoughby, my daughter Woolby, my sonne Bobert 
Manby, xxs. apiece to make a ring to weare for my remembrance. 
To my sonne Willoughby xxs. for a similar ring. To my grandson 
William Quadring xs. for a ring. I give my scale ring wMch I do 
use to weare on my finger to William Hunstone my grandchild. 
Item to ray sonne Quadring, my sonne Woolby, and my sonne 
Pistor xs. each for a ring. To Anne Luddington my grandchild xs. 
for a ring. To Anne Woolby my grandchild one litle silver tunne 
gilded about the edges. To Mary Manby my grandchild one 
little carved guilt bowle. To Anne Prescott my grandchild 
i^^^. in golde. To Katherin Pistor my grandchild one paire of sheetes 
of two bredthes and a half and one paire of two bredthes. To my 
grandson William Pistor two silver spoones. To James Prescott 
and ffrancis Woolby my grandchildren a silver spoone apiece. To 
John and f&ancis Berissford, my grandchildren, two of my best ewes 
apiece. To Anne Berissford my grandchild two paire of linne 
sheetes. To my daughter Pistor and daughter Berissford all myne 
Apparell tb be equcJly divided between them. Item I give one 
gowne which was my husband Manbie's to William Manby my 
sonne. Item I give to my maiden ffrancis Skipwith, to Jone 
Dandisonne, to Thomas Chamberlaine, an ewe apiece. To Gabriel 
and John Quadring, my grandchildren, an ewe apiece. All such 
legacies to be paid within half a year after my decease, because many 
to whom I have given legacies be in their nonage. Eesidue to sonne 
Bobert Manby, whom I make sole executor, 12 Jan. 1609. 

Debtes owing to me. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 65 

My daughter Willoughby oweth to me xx^^ lent unto her in the 
time of her wydowhood. 

Debtee which I do owe. 

To ffrancis Dent zxiiijs. To the draper at Alford for a gowne 
cloth. To my sonne Willoughby for my diett and for the diett of 
my grandchild firancis Berissford ever since Michaelmasse. Item to 
him for the diett of my maid during the same time. (A pen drawn 
through the latter list.) 

Prob. at Lincoln 15 May 1612 by Ex'. 

The pedigree of Manby glyen in the Tis. of Lino. 1662, pp. 80-1, will help one to nnder- 
Btand the relationBhips. Testatrix was the daughter of Sir Francis Aysoongfa, Ent., of South 
Xelsey and Stallingborongb. and the widow of Francis Manby of Blsham. She had a large 
family. Of her daaghters, Ann married William Qaadring, Hester married Bdward Pistor of 
Hetheringham, Judith married John Beresford, Blissabeth married 1st John Presoott of Driby 
and 2ndly Bdward Willoughby son of Lord Willoughby of Farham, and Faith married 
Bdward Hunston of Boston. 


Mem. That the 26th daye of September in the tenthe yeere of 
the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord James etc. in the yeere of our 
Lord god 1612, Henrie Ormsbie late of !N"un Ormsbie in the Countye 
of Lincoln, gentleman, sicke in bodie but of good and perfect 
remembrance, did nuncupativelie speake these wordes foUowinge, 
ffirst he did comende his soule into the hands of Almighte god his 
maker and Eedeemer and his bodie to be buried in the Churche of 
Ormesbie. Item he did give and bequeathe unto his brother 
Edward Ormesbie all his goods and debts in whose hands soever 
they weere, conditionallye that his said brother Edward Ormesbie 
should paye all his sayd debtes, for he said unto his said brother, 
*^ take all and paye all." Eecordes hereof Edward Gilbie, gent., 
William Havens, and Elsabethe Trigge. And he alsoe made 
Edward Ormsbie his brother his Executor. 

Prob. at Lincoln 13 Oct. 1612 by Ex'. Personalty sworn 56". 

Henry Ormsby's NnncnpatiTe Will shows signs of the family's decline. Nun Ormsby 
soon after passed to the Souths of Kelstem. The Irish Ormsbys claim descent from this 



The 3rd Feb. 1611. I Elizabeth Kent, wife of William Kent, 
of the Cittie of Lincoln, gentleman, beinge sicke of body yett of 
perfect remembrance etc. of my owne free disposition and desire 
and yett by the assent of the said William Kent my husband doe 
make this my last will etc. My body to be buried where and howe 
it shall please my husband. And whereas a great parte of that 
estate which I brought to my husband at ower manage was put to 
the disposition and order of the right worshipfull Sir Thomas 


66 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617* 

MoTinson, Knight, my good cossen, and Mr. Robert Mounson, 
Esquire, my loveinge brother, and some others, by my meanes and 
procurement for the payment of my children's portions which I had 
by my former husband, and that which should increase thereof 
above those somes should be for the maintenance of my husband 
and myselfe, and to be at my disposition ; nowe my will and mind 
is, and I do desire my said cossen, Sir Thomas Mounson, and my 
said brother, and aU other that have any power in the orderinge 
thereof, that it maye be imployed and converted in manner 
foUowinge, That is to saye to Robert Kent my sonne I give P., to 
be imployed to his use and benefit, and to William Kent my 
husband P^. and all the household goods and plate, which were my 
former husband's. And because my daughter Jane Gilldon had 
given to her by her father my former husband c^., and half the 
household stuffe, which stuffe is nowe much wasted and wome, I 
will that my daughter shall havjB c^. more in money in recompense 
of her said half e etc. Item I will that my said daughter have xx 
nobles yearly for her maintenance for three yeares after Martillmasse 
next ensuinge. I desire that my brother Mr. Robert Mounson 
shall be payd x^. as parcell of a debt due by me to him. Item that 
the x^. I borrowed of my cossen George ffarmarie be repayd to him, 
after Martillmasse next. If the house wherein I dwell be not 
redeemed at the time appointed I desire that the same be sold, and 
the legacies, other than the c^. due to my daughter Jane, be paid. 
My husband to have liberty to dwell therein till the feast of 
St. Martin next, and what money shall remain, after the sale or 
redemption of the house, be divided between my husband and my 
son Robert Kent. 

Prob. 31 Oct. 1612 at Lincoln. Admon. given to William Kent, 
gent., of the city of Lincoln. 

The testatrix liad been married to a Gildon before die became the wife of William Kent. 
Marr. Uc. dated 11 Sept. 1601. ** William Kent, of Linooln, meroer, and Bliubeth Gildon of the 
same, widow." 



The 24th Nov. 1612. I James Dighton of Greate Gnmsbie 
in the County of Lincoln, Burgesse, sicke of bodie etc. My body 
to be buried in the Churchyard of St. James. I give towardes the 
repair of the church vijd. Residue to Elizabeth, my wief, whom I 
make sole executrix, and I make David Ragg supervisor, and give 
him ujs. mjd. 

Prob. at Lincoln 4 Jan. 1612-13 by Ex^ 

Probabl7 one of the Llnooln Di^tone. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 67 



The 6th Dec. 160&. I Myles Asheton of Barrowe in the 
Marshe in the Countie of lincolne, gent, beinge hayle in body and of 
good and perfecte lemembrance, thanckesi give unto almightie god for 
the same, yett my selfe subjecte to deathe, and that the tyme therof is 
uncertaine and reserved to God's secret knowledge, And consideringe 
how necessarye it is for every good Christian to be in rediness for 
deathe and haveinge a care to dispose of these goodes and Chattells 
wherewith god hath endewed me in such order as to the therebie 
my dutie towards god for the well usuige and disposinge of them 
maie appeare, as alsoe for the avoidinge of contention and paieinge 
of my debts after my decease, doe constitute, ordaine, and make 
my testamente etc. Firste I comend my soule into the handes 
and mercye of Almightie god, moste humbly besechinge him to 
forgive me all my synnes and offences for his Sonne's S£^e Christe 
Jesus, by the only meritts of whose most preciouse deathe and 
passion my faithe is most stedfastly to be saved, and that it maie 
please him both nowe, and when sicknes shall happen, to assiste 
me with his holy spirite, that whether I dye or live I maie (be) one 
of his flocke and chosen children, and partaker of that heavenly 
kingdome which is prepared for all faithfuU belevers. Item I give 
to George Whitinge one of the naturall sonnes of George Whitinge 
late of Burrowe decased xP. etc. Also two fetherbeds, the one 
fetherbed whereupon I usuallye doe lye uppon, and the other the 
olde fetherbed in the parlor, with ij coverlets and iiij blankets. To 
my good frende Roberte Creswell of Burrowe, gent, my little mare. 
Item to Alice, my nowe wief, two closes lienge in the parishe of 
Asheton in the countie of Lane, the one called Boothe Eode, the 
other the litle Meadowes. Two other closes, the one called the 
Eiges the other Wolfenden Eidges, lienge in Asheton aforesaid. 
And also one other close called Eoughe Arlie with appurtenances 
lienge in Asheton aforesaid ; to have and to hold the said premises 
for tenn whole years after my death without paying any Eente. 
Eesidue to my wife Alice whom I make sole executrix. Witnessed 
by Thomas Cracrofte, Robert Stone, Eoberte Creswell. I doe also 
give to the said George Whitinge one yonge blacke gelt nagg of a 
yeare and vantage olde, in the presence of Thomas Cracrofte, 
Eoberte Creswell, Thomas Wolbie. 

Prob. at Lincoln 19 Dec. 1612 by Ex^ 

Personalty sworn 300^. 

He was from Lancashire, and married Fretafer or Protaede, daughter of Thomaa 
Qnadring of Irby, and widow of Robert Oracroft of Folletby and Borgh-le-Marsh, 

. - -* — ^»-J»-.iM»^.-i. .. * <,jt..ji.^-jt?— -irw...a ■■>■ 

68 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 


The 15th April 1612. I Walter Ayscoughe of Marham in 
the fenne in the coantie of Lincolne, gent, sick in bodie etc. My 
body to be buryed where it shall please best my executrix. I give 
my annuitie of xx^*. a yeare the which I have out of the Lordshipp 
of Blebroughe unto Bridgitt my wife for and duringe her life 
naturall. I give the xx . yt my brother S' Henry Ayscoughe gave 
me by his last will to Walter Ayscoughe my sonne, Jane Ayscoughe 
and Katheme Ayscough my daughters, to be equallie divided. To 
my daughter Margaret x\jd. All my debts owing to me by S' 
Henry Ayscoughe my brother or by his heirs etc., I give to Bridgitt 
my wife and to the children begotten betwixt me and her. Eesidue 
to my said wife whom I make sole executrix, and to my children 
begotten as before. To Henry Ayscoughe my sonne xijd. To 
Elizabeth Ayscoughe my daughter xijd. I appoint Kycholis 
Cressey, gent, supervisor, and give him vs. Witnessed by Clynton 

Prob. at Horncastle 8 May 1613 by Ex^ 

Personalty sworn 2\K 6s. Od. 

See his brother ^r Henry Aysoongh's will already giyen. 



The 10th Sept. 1612. I George Litilburie of Somersbye in the 
countie of Lincoln, esquire, having my perfitt memorie (I thancke 
god) doe make etc. I will my bodye be buried in the Queare or 
Church of Somersbie if I depart this worlde within the Countie of 
Lincolne. I give to the Cathedrall church of Lincolne xijd. To 
the church of Somersbye ijs. To the church of Ashbye puerorum 
xijd. To my neeces Katherine Litilburie, Elizabeth Litilburie, 
Martha Litilburie, and Ammye Litilburie x^. each, to be paid 
within two years after my decease (with benefit of survivorship). 
To Sislye my howskepper xxs., and a house with the yard for her 
life paying to the lord iiijd. yearly. To my sister Barbara Litilburie 
the house that Stephen ffereby dwelleth in with all the grounds 
etc. paying to the lord iiijd. yearly ; and I give her one score of 
yowes. To my neece Gednoy xxs. To my nephew Jarvis Reasbye 
xs. To my Ladye Laugtoun one gould Ringe. To my nephew 
Jefferey Litilburie all my apparell, and all my lands in Kirtoun, 
Winceby and Hamringham to him and his heirs. To each of my 
godchildren and servants xijd. My will is to have a stone layd 
upon me, and my Armes to be sett in the walle as my grandfather's 
was at Ashbie. I will to bestowe in money at my buriall 
iij^. yjs* viijd. I make my nephew Thomas Litilburie full executor, 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 6& 

my nephew Jarvis Eeasbye and my nephew John Litilbnrie 
supervisors, and John Litilburie to have zs. 
Prob. at Lincoln 9 Nov. 1612 by Ex^ 
Personalty sworn 337^*. 1 3s. 4d. 

He was the 7th son of Thomas Uttlebtirj of Stainsby. His nieoe Rosa littlebary had 
married Richard Qednej of Bag Enderby, and her daughter Elizabeth Gedney had married 
Oenrase Bnesby of Hnndleby. 


The 28th Sept. 9th Jac. I, I John Littleburye of Hag- 
worthingham in the county of Lincoln, Esquyer, sicke in bodie etc. 
My bodie I will have buried in the church of Hagworthingham. 
I give at the day of my funerall to be distributed to the poore xxs. 
To my Sonne John Littleburye all my lands in Eaithbye for his 
naturall life, according to a deede I have made, and for his bringinge 
upp in learninge c^. To my daughter Bridgett Littleburye, soe 
that shee be ruled by mye wief her mother in marriage, cc^^ to be 
paid when married or 21 years of age. To my daughter Anne 
Littleburye cc^. (similar conditions). To my wief Anne Littleburye 
my lease which I have of Orbye from Mr. Massingberd, as alsoe 
my stocke and cattell, come in the grounde etc. with all my plate 
and furniture. Item whereas my children be yonge and my goods 
and chattells are not sufficient to satisfie mye legacyes aforesayd I 
doe therefore in accordance with a Keservation and power reserved 
to myselfe by one Indenture made the 25 March now last past 
betweene me John Littleburye, on the one parte, and Eichard 
Gedney and Henrye Skinner, esquyers, and Roger Edwards, gent., 
on the other parte, appoint that the said three persons, by vertue 
of a fyne lately levyed by me unto the said three persons, shall 
stand and be seized of all my manors and lands etc., after my 
decease, to the use of Anne Littleburye my wyfe for terme of her 
lief whereby she may out of the profitts and revenues of the lands 
pay such legacies above mentioned. And if she die before this can 
be done, then the said Richard Gedney, Henry Skinner, and Roger 
Edwards are to be seized of the lands and pay the legacies. (Entails 
the lands after the death of his wife on his sons Henry littlebury, 
and John Littlebury, with right of dower etc.) I make my wief 
Anne sole executrix. Item I request Mr. Tanzey mye loveinge 
freend to preache at my funerall, to whome I doe give for his paines 
xs., as alsoe xs. for my mortuarie whiche is dewe to him. by Lawe. 
I desier mye most lovinge fceends Richard Gedney, Henry Skynner 
and Roger Edwards to be overseers, by whose advise I would have 
my wief to be directed, and I give to each xs. I doe give unto 
mye sonne Henrye Littleburye v^. yerely to be paid to him during 
his mother's lief, by his mother, out of my lands in Hagworthingham. 
Witnessed by Thomas Goldingham, Theodore Tanzey. 

Prob. at Spillesbye 4 May 1612 by Ex^ 

Personalty sworn 288^, 8s. 4d. 

A cousin of the preceding testator. The Stainsby line was the senior, the Hagworthing 
ham the jnnlor, of the Littlebury family. 




The 12th Oct. 1611. I Hamlett Marshall of Stainton juxta 
Langwith, in the county of Lincoln, clarke, sicke in bodie, etc. 
Mye bodie to be buried in the Chancell or Quyer of the parishe 
churche of Stainton. To my wief Joane all my household stuffe 
and plaite etc. ; my five Kye and my redd bald mare, and my 
sorreld fillie, and c markes, to be paid within one half year after 
my death. To all my grandchildren c marks to be equally divided 
among them, when of lawful age, meanwhile my executor is 
to put forth the money to the best use for the education etc. of 
my grandchildren. To my godson Hamlett Pickeringe x^. 
over and besides xxs. which I do owe unto him. To Elizabeth 
Osney vj^. xiijs. iiijd. To my daughter Alice Huddlestone 
vj^. xiijs. iiijd. To my daughter Isabell Kingston vj^. xiijs. iiijd. 
To Mr. John Duncalf, clarke, v^., and to his son Hamlett Duncalf 
xls. To Mr. William Saunderson v^. in gould. To Mr. Doctor 
Parker one xxs. peece of gould, and to Misteris Parker, his wief, 
one Angell of gould. To John Parker iij^^ which he doth owe me. I 
do forgive Mr. John Eedfeme xxvjs. which he doth owe me. I do 
forgive Mr. Samuell Houghton x". of the xl^*. which he doth owe me. 
To my Sonne Hamlett Marshall, clarke, I bequeath the Advowson, 
guifte and patronage of the Yiccaridge of Leggesbye with all the 
deeds, evidences etc. Provided alwayes that my said sonne shall 
present Mr. John Duncalf, clarke, ymediatelie after mye decease 
into the said vicaridge during his naturall lief for one onlie guifte. 
Provided alwayes Mr. John Duncalf shall resign the vicaridge 
wherein he is now resident into the hands of the Dean and Chapter 
to the use of Eichard Pharam, clarke. I give to the poorest people 
of Stainton xls., and to the poorest people of Leggesbye xls. To 
the poorest people at Skothome xxs. To every one of my servants 
xxs. To my sonne Hamlett Marshall, clarke, c marks, and to his 
wief xls. I make my said sonne my sole executor ; and for that 
trust and confidence which I have in him and hope of that naturall 
care which I expecte firom him, I doe referre the execution of this 
my last will to him. To everyone of my godchildren ijs. To 
my sonne in lawe Kichard Peake v^. I make Thomas Twell and 
ffrancys Jonson supervisors, and give each xls. I forgive to Mr. 
Abraham HoUydaye xls. he doth owe me. Eesidue to my wief, 
and Ambrose Osney his children, and the children of Thomas 
Kingston my sonnes in lawe. Witnessed by John Duncalf, Thomas 
Twell and James Osney. 

Prob. at Lincoln 1 April 1612 by Ex**. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 71 



The 21st Jan. 9tli Jac. I. I Eichard Evington of Halsteade in 
the parishe of Stixwolde in the countie of Lincoln, gentleman. 
Callinge to my mortall estate (sic) and consideringe this frayle and 
tiansitorie lyfe to be vayne, casuall, and altogether uncerteine and 
therefore wiUinge not to dye Intestate, doe make and ordaine etc. 
My bodie I comitt to the earthe to be decentlye baried in Christian 
buryall in such convenient place and in such manner and forme as 
shall to my executors be thought good. I will that all such detts 
as I shall lawfully owe at the time of my death be paid. To 
Elizabeth Wood, my daughter, iiij^. . To every one of her children 
living at my decease iij^. To every child of my late daughter 
Ellenor Hobson living at my decease iij^. To some godlye preacher 
xs. to make a sermon on the day of my funerall, in the parishe 
churche of Stixwolde where I shall be buryed. And I ordaine and 
appoynte two other sermons to be preached at Stixwolde after my 
buryall, that ys to say one of them upon tewesdaye in Easter weeke, 
and the other sermon upon the tewesdaye in Whitsun weeke next 
and imediately folio winge after my buryall, and I doe appointe the 
preacher for hys paynes xxs. that is to say for cache sermon xs. 
To everyone of my servants abiding in my service at the time of 
my decease xs. I appoint that upon the day of my buryall there 
shall be all the Inhabitants of Stixwold at dynner, with sixteene or 
twentie of the best esteemed yeomen neighbouring about the parishe 
of Stixwolde at the same, by the appointment of my executors. 
Item I give unto eight poore men iiijs. for carryinge my bodie to 
the churche. Item J give x^*, to be equally distributed unto tenne 
poore BchoUers of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, xls. of 
the said some to be gy ven unto Abdeel Jarke and Joel Jarke the 
soones of Mr. Nicholas Jarke of Waddingworth ; the residue to Ije 
distributed at the discretion of my brother ffrauncis Evington. My^ 
will is that my executors shall yearly for twelve yeares after my 
decease pay the some of xxx^^. in this manner, that ys to say to the 
poore of Spaldinge yearely iij^*., at the discretion of my executors ; 
to the poore of the Cittie of Lincolne iiij". where most neede shall 
be, at the discretion of the minister and churchwardens; to the / 
poore of Pinchbecke (similar bequest). Item to Alice wife of John 
Fuller, my sister Margaret her daughter, xxs. yearlie upon good 
fryday. To Elizabeth Searsbie xxs. yearlie; To Susane wife to 
Thomas Wright xxs.; they both being daughters to my sister 
Margaret. To the poore of Grantham yearlie xxxs., at the discretion 
of the Alderman and hys brethren. To the poore of Melton Mowbray 
in the countie of Leicester, xxs. yearlie, at the discretion of the 
minister and churchwardens. To the poor of the towne of Leicester 
iiij". yearlie, at the discretion of the Maior and his brethren. To 

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72 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

the poore of Lowghborowe in the countie of Leicester xzzs. yearlie 
at the discretion of the minister and churchwardens. To Anne 
-v Wilson of Kegworth in county Leicester, my sister Margaret her 
daughter, xxs. yearlie. To the poore of the burrow of Boston 
xxxs. yearlie at the discretion of the Maior and Alderman. To the 
poore of the towne of Homcastle xxs. yearlie at the discretion of 
the minister and churchwardens. To the poore of Stixwolde 
iiij^. xs. yearlie at the discretion of my executors. These distribu- 
"s^ons to the poore to be made on the 25 March and 29 Sept. To 
my brother firanncis Evington v^^ To my wief Jane c**. yearlie, 
for her life, on the feast of St. Michael and t£e 25 March in equal 
portions. My executors to pay P^. of this sum to my wife within 
one month after my decease for the spedier reliefe of hir necessities. 
My said wife to have during all the tyme of her widdowhoode all 
that my lodginge chamber within my mansion house of Hallsteed 
with free ingresse, egresse etc. ; all the stufife and furniture in the 
said chamber, excepte all my plate and redie money and all my 
specialties writings and evidences, and all the munition and furniture 
of armor for warre being in the said chamber. To my grandchilde 
Richard Evington, sonne to my sonne Nicholas Evington, xx". To 
my little grandchilde Morris Evington, sonne to my said sonne, x". 
To my boy Mathew Gisborne vj^. to be imployed by my executors for 
his use till he is 2 1 . To Richard Whitworth xls. To my godson if rancis 
Evington and to his sister Cicilie Swifte, xls. apiece. To my Cozen 
John Smith my dagger and knyves with white handles, which I 
comonlye used in my lyfetyme. I alsoe appoint that my executors 
shall duringe the naturall life of my wife Jane provide and allow 
unto hir, and one mayd servant to attend upon hir, competent and 
sufficiente meate drinke dyet fyre and washinge meete and necessarie 
gratis, within my said mansion house of Hallsteed, if she be willing 
to receive it ; if not, then to have yearly xx marks instead. If my 
estate be not sufficient to pay the above sums, then my lease of 
Chauntrie lands for 12 years is to be sold for that purpose ; and my 
lands and woods in Horsington may be sold also. Residue of my 
leases, goods etc. and lands in Stixwold, Blanckney, Edlington, 
Medringham, and Horsington to my two sonnes Morrice Evington 
and Nicholas Evington, to be equally divided, and make them my 
executors. I make my brother ffranncis Evington and my brother 
in law William Whitworth overseers, and give them xxs. apeece. 
Item to every parson that shall come for dole on the day of my 
buryall vjd. 

Prob. at Lincoln 26 May 1612 by Maurice Evington, power 
reserved to Nicholas. Personalty sworn 622^^ 4s. Od. 

This family, whicn came from Leicestershire towards the end af the sixteenth oentnrj, 
entered its pedigree in the Vis. of Line. 1684. The testator was a brother of Francis Byington 
of Casewick, co. line, whoee son, Sir James, sold it to William Trollope of Thorlby in 1621. 
The Byingtons of Sdxwold and Spalding, after intermarrying with the Wimberleys and 
Walpoles, ended in an heiress, the testator's granddanghtor Frances, who married John Ogle 
of Spalding 29 Ang. 1644. 

LlNCOLNSHlRli WILLS, 1600-1617. 73 



The 8th Oct. 1606. I Symon Wolbie of Burghe in the Marshe 
in the countie of Lincolne, gent., sicke in body etc. My body to 
the earthe, and for my mortuarie that the lawe requireth. To the 
Cathedral Churche of Lincolne xijd. Towardes the reparation of 
the church of Burghe vs. Towardes that of Bratoft ijs. yjd. 
Towardes that of Thorpe ijs. vjd. Towardes that of Crofte xviijd. 
To Thomas Wolbie my sonne c^., one Red chaste which was my 
father's, my best silver salte, and one silver Ganne, two paire of 
Lynne sheetes, one paire of bedstockes, one Cofer with all therein, 
one leade in the litle kitchen, certen leade at Thorpe, two pillow 
beares of Lynne, to be delivered him when 21. To William Wol))ie 
my Sonne cxl^., one silver Cann, halfe a dozen of silver spoons, a 
peece of silver called a Beaker, two pair of Lynne sheets, two linne 
Pillowberes, a blacke Arke where my evidences lie, my best Brasse 
pott, the bed which I use to lie in in the far Chamber, and one 
oake cheste which came from Westbie; to be delivered to him 
when 21. To Richard Wolbie my sonne c^., two paire of Lynne 
sheets two pillowberes of Lynn, one brasse pott, one silver goblet, 
one frame iu the parlor at the lowe house with a table on it, one 
cheste in the high lofte at the lowe house ; to be delivered to him 
when 21. To John Wolbie my sonne c^*. one silver tunne, one 
litle silver bole gilt, two paire of Linne sheets, two pillowbeares of 
Lynne, one litle trusse bed, one litle cheste ; to be delivered to him 
when 21. (Benefit of survivorship.) To my father Palmer one 
Angell in golde, and to my mother Palmer xxs. in gold. To my 
godson Vincent Woolbie vjs. viijd. ; to his brother John Wolbie vs. 
To Vallentyne Wolbie his brother ijs. vjd. - To Margaret Purley 
late the wife of Vincent Wolbie xs. in golde. To my sisters Mary 
Greene, and Hellen Wolbie xs. apiece. To Mary Pearson vjs. viijd. 
To Christopher Palmer, Roberte Palmer, Richard Greene and Josias 
Wolbie, vs. apiece. To John Pearson vs. To my brother Robert 
Palmer his wife ijs. vjd. To Richard Sibsey vs. in golde, and to 
Elizabeth his wife ijs. vjd. (Small bequests to servants, etc.) 
Residue to my wife Elizabeth whom I make sole executrix. Signed 
21 Feb. 1610 (dc). 

The last will and testament of me the said Symon Wolbie made 
the dale and yeare aforesaid concerninge the disposition of all my 
landes etc. Imprimis I give to my sonne William Wolbie all my 
lands in Waynflete and ffriskney, vij acres of land or pasture in . 
Brughe, and ij acres of pasture in Orby late purchased of William 
Puttrill, to him and his heirs forever. To Richard Woolbie my 
sonne xj acres of land or pasture in Brughe lyeinge in a certaine 
place called the Ettinges which I purchased of Roberte Veale and 
sometimes Wattertons ; and iiij acres of land or pasture in Brughe 

74 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

lyeinge in Golegarths late purchased of Eobert Maxey and some- 
times Yauisores, and ij selions of land in Bratofte ; to him and his 
heirs. To John Woolbie my sonne those landes messuages and 
tenements in Sirethorpe ende in Bratofte, to him and his heirs. 
To Thomas Woolbie my sonne all those lands and tenements of 
mine not before bequeathed, to him and his heirs. I will my 
sonne William Woolbie, with the consent of Elizabeth my wife 
and my Supervisors, to have the letting of my landes during the 
minoritie of my sonnes, and to deliver the rents into the hands of 
Christopher Palmer my brother and Josias Woolbie my Kinsman 
to the use of my children and to be divided equally among them 
at the age of 21 ; which rents shall be reserved and kept in a chest 
to remain in the custodie of the said Christopher and Josias under 
three keyes, deducting thereof x^. yearly for the education and 
bringe up of my children. 

Prob. at Lincoln 18 March 1612 by Elizabeth Wolby relict 
and Ex^. Personalty sworn 995^. 9s. 8d. 

It haB been sarmised that the names of Wolby and Welby are indentical ; bat all I 
know is that as early as 1547 there were Wolbys at Thorpe by Wainfleet. From them the 
testator descended and married Elizabeth daughter of Leonajxl Palmer of Bnrgh-le-Marsh. 
The name lingered on at Borgh till the 18th century. 



I George Cawdron of Little Hale in the parishe of Great Hale 
in the Countye of Lincolne, gent., beinge somewhat sicke in bodye 
etc. My bodye to be buryed in the Churche of Greate Hale in a 
Quire there called the Easte Hale or Banister Quire, and for my 
mortuarie as the Lawe dothe allowe or admitt. To the pore people 
of the toune of Heckington wheare I was borne xls. to be paid 
within one month after my decease to the churchwardens to be by 
them letten oute to the use of the said poore people there, and the 
money yearely receaved for the use of the said xls. to be distributed 
among the poore. To the parishe and townes of Greate Hale and 
little Hale xls. (to be similarly employed.) To the towne of 
Helpringham xxs. (the same). To the towne of Burton Pedwarden 
xiijs. iiijd. (the same). Item whearas I stande bounde unto S' Hamond 
Whichcott of Dunston, Knight, my brother in lawe, in the sume 
of c^^. for the bestoweinge of xxx^. for the repaireinge and newe 
amendinge of one messuage in Heckington wherein one Robert 
Taylor nowe dwelleth being parcell of the joynture of Ellinor 
Cawdron. wife of me George Cawdron, in full dischardge of the said 
bonde I geve unto the said Ellinor my nowe wife c^. to be paide 
by my executor within one whole year after my decease ; and I 
eamestlie intreate my saide wife to quietly permitt and suffer John 
Cawdron my onelie sonne and heire apparante, duringe his naturall 
life, to have and to hold all those messuages and landes in 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 76 

Heckington which weare given her in joynture ; hee the said John 
Cawdron paying her yearelie during her natural life xxx^. (If she 
refuse, then the legacy of c^. to be void, and the executor to pay 
the xxx}^. only.) Item I geve to the said EUinor all such linninges 
as shoe brought with her when I maryed her, with all her wearinge 
linninge used for her bodye together with all her apparell, heades, 
borders, ringes, Jewells, and other ornaments etc., also my beste 
bedd and bedsteade with all the furniture, with a bedde, bedsteade, 
and furniture for her maides to lye in. To Anne Browne widowe 
my naturall sister vj^^. xiijs. iiijd. to be paid her yearely by my 
executor duringe her naturall life or else to provide for her 
sufiOlciente meate and drinke as beseemeth a woman of her sort and 
callinge during her naturall life at his choyce and election. To 
every one of my three sisters' children, being eight in number, xxs. 
Whereas I heretofore did promise unto Thomas Bell of Helpringham, 
yeoman, in mariage with Elizabeth Greene, xsx^K of which I have 
paid xxvij". I give and bequeath to them xxiij^*. to be paid within 
six months after my decease. To ffrancis Pridgion, clarke, my 
honest and carefull freinde and Phisition xxs. to make him a ringe. 
To Eichard Enderby gent., xxs. for a ringe. To Josua Whichcott 
gent, my trewe and trustie freinde at all assay es, xxs. for a ringe. 
To Robert Carre Esquier, sonne and heire of Sir Edward Carre, 
Knight, one nagge to be nexte chosen after my supervisors have 
made theire choyce. To Mary Whichcoate daughter of S' Hamond 
Whichcott, Knight, my brother in lawe, v^., to buye her a Jewell. 
To S'^ Edwarde Carre, Knight, my beste horse coulte or geldinge at 
his owne election. To S' Hamond Whichcott, Knight, my nexte 
beste horse coulte etc. to be chosen after S^ Edward Carre. 
Besidewe to John Cawdron, my sonne, whom I make sole 
executor; and I eamestlie intreate S^ Edward Carre and S' 
Hamond Whichcott, Knights, to be supervisors. Signed 22 Jan. 
1610. Witnessed by Richard Enderby, Josua Whichcott etc. 

Prob. at Lincoln 22 Jan. 1612 by Ex'. Personalty sworn 
826». 8s. Od. 

The Oawdrons rose in the social scale partly throngh their connexion with the Carres of 
Bleaford. Old Robert Carre, of enormous wealth, married Blizabeth, daughter of William 
Cawdron the King's Bailiff at Heckington. The family do not appear in the Visitations of 
the 16th century, bat they are' in that of 1684, and their arms are given in Yorke's Union qf 



The 13th Nov. 9th Jac. I. I Peter Eure of Whashingburghe 
in the County of Lincoln, Knight, of sound and perfect mynde 
etc. My bodye to be buried according to the good discretion of my 
Executors. I devise to the pore people Inhabitants dwelling in 
Washingbrough and in South Langton and in Belton in the Isle of 
Axholme iij^*. As touchinge the disposition of my lands and 

76 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

tenements in Whashingbrough, South Langton and Belton and 
elsewhere I will and devise as foUoweth ; whereas my lands in 
South Langton were assured to Dame Barbara my beloved wife, 
for her life, for her joynture in lieu of all dower, I will that the 
same shall continewe unto her, and that the reversion and 
remaynder thereof after my decease shall discend to Balphe Eure 
my eldest sonne. And in further augmentation of her joynture I 
devise unto her my manor house in Washingbrough whearein I do 
nowe dwell, with all such lands therewithall devised and leased by 
one Hamond Sutton, gent., late owner thereof, to myselfe for all the 
yeares to come in the said lease beinge at the makinge thereof to 
continewe 21 yeares, shee payinge therefore yearly x\}\ duringe the 
continewance thereof, in manner and forme followinge, e.e. rendringe 
and payinge duringe the life of said Hamond Sutton, and duringe the 
said terme, to the use of my eldest sonne xl^^ yerely ; which yerely 
Eent I will to be paid to my then eldest sonne at the age of 21, and in 
the meane space to remayne in the hands of my said wife. My 
son to have such allowance for his maintenance during his minority 
as my Executors shall think good out of the said yearly rent. To 
my three younger sonnes Edward Thomas and Michaell for their 
lives these closes in Eelton aforesaid, i,e, certayne closes called the 
Hurst Closes now or late in the occupation of one Eichard Codd, 
and one farme neere there unto lyinge now or late in the occupation 
of George Wells, and certayne closes there called Willseiwroes and 
Wormestall, and also two closes in Woodhouse called Albanes 
closes, and certayne closes called the Intakes, and the gares, in lieu 
and recompence of theire childes portions, to be equally divided 
among them at the discretion of my Executors. The Executors to 
receive rents etc. during the minority of my three sons and employ 
so much as shall be convenient for their education and maintenance 
till they are severally 21. If any of my sons die before they come 
to full age his part shall not remayne to the other two but shall 
descend to my heir ; but if my heir shall be within the age of 21, 
my Executors are to employ the profits for the benefit of those 
surviving. All the residue of my lands and tenements 
unbequeathed are to descend to my heir. To my daughter Barbara 
Eure cccc^. to be paid at her full age of 21, or day of marriage, to 
be put forth meantime to her profit and advancement. Such money 
as is due to me either upon bonde, bills or otherwise, and the redie 
money which I have nowe in my possession shall be employed by 
my wife towardes the purchasinge of the Custodie and wardship of 
my Sonne and heire, and then towards the payment of my daughter's 
portion, and the defraying of my funerall expenses and debts, the 
residue which shall remaine to be paid to my sonne and heire when 
21. All my Jewells, plate, utensils, household stuflTe, corne, hay, 
stocke, goods and chattells to my well beloved wife. To William 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 77 

fibster my servant attendinge on me in my sicknes one Cottage 
house in Washingbroughe with the appartenances for the 
terme of ffortie yeares (yf he shall soe longe lyve) ; he 
rendringe and and payinge yerely the rent of vjs viijd. or 
otherwise I give to him xs. yerely for that tyme (yf he shall so 
longe lyve) to provide a house to dwell in. And I bequeath to 
hym two wholle yeres waiges besides his due wages. Also to 
Bichard Dickson the value of one whole yere's waiges over and 
besides his waiges due. And whereas I have a pore friend or two^ 
who expect and looke for some helpe from me towards there 
mayntenance, I doe therefore desire my executors to give them 
some yerely allowance out of the Eente which I have reserved out ^ 
of the lease duringe the continewance thereof, so that the allowance 
exceeds not the sum of ix^*. yerely. Moreover my desire to my 
wife and executors is that Paule York, William Sandall and^ 
Thomas Bamarde may be very well used towching their severall 
houses which they nowe have and houlde of me ; they and evrie of 
them useinge and behavinge themselves well and respectively 
towards my wife and children, as I am verily perswaded they will. 
Item to the two sonnes of ffrances Yerbroughe deceased v markes 
apeece. I doe intreate my executors to beatowe of such of my 
firindes as they shall thinke fitt, of every of them a golde Inamyled 
hoope ringe, with this posie therein engraven (donum morientis 
amid). Item to Mr. William Camden Clareincoux Kinge at armes 
a standishe of silver ; and I do desire that all my bookes may be 
carefully sought out and layd up safe in a chest for the use of my 
eldest Sonne. All other my goods I give to my wife. I appoint 
my well-beloved wife dame Barbara Eure, S' John Meres, knight, 
Eoger Meres, esquire, and Thomas Harington, esquire, executors, 
and S^ George St. Poll, knight and Baronett, supervisor, praying 
him for the great affectyon I have always shown him, that he will 
be pleased to be a helper and furtherer of my children's well-beinge 
after my decease. And I doe entreate my executors that they will be 
pleased to mete once yerely at Washingbrough, or where els they or 
the more parte of them shall think convenient, and to accompte 
together conceminge the paments etc. and to make up all reckonings 
etc. into a book in manner of a remembrance or Begester etc. And 
the Clarke which shall make up and write the saide book shall be 
paid likewise of my goods vjs. viiid. yerely. I do give to every of 
my executors and supervisor a Binge of Goulde with the same posie 
aforesaid. Signed the last day of December 1611. 

Prob. in Lincoln 2 Oct. 1612. Admon. given to Barbara Eure 
relict and Ex*., power reserved to the other Ex'", 

The Bares were originally in the North of England bat a yoanger line settled in the Isle 
of Azholme. The name is otherwise spelt Bvers. The testator had married Barbara, 
daaghter of Sir John Meres, Knt., of Aaboam ; she re-married WilUam Saltmarshe, of Strabby. 

78 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 



The 23rd Dec. 1611. I Robert ^ewstead of South Somercotes, 
in the County of Lincoln, yeoman, sick in bodie etc. To be buried 
in the churchyard at the east end of the GhanceU of the parish 
church of South Somercotes as near as may be unto my wife and 
children. I give to my eldest sonne Harbert i^'ewstead all my 
lands etc. in Somercotes aforesaid and Skidbrooke and all my lands 
elsewhere in the Countie of Lincoln (except those I heareafter 
otherwise dispose of) to him and his heirs male ; in default, to my 
second sonne William ^ewstead and his heirs male ; in default, to 
my third sonne Christopher Newstead and his heirs male ; in default, 
to my youngest sonne Robert ^ewstead and his heirs male; in 
default, to my own right heirs. To my daughter Marie Newstead, 
in consideration of her child's portion, cl^^. to be let out for her use 
by my executor and supervisors, until she is of full age or is married. 
If she die before that time, her portion is to be divided among her 
three younger brethren and her sister, William, Christopher, 
Robert, and Elizabeth Newstead. To my said daughter Elizabeth 
i^'ewstead, in full consideration of her child's portion, ex", (on the 
same terms). If both my daughters die before the above time, 
their portions are to be divided among their three younger brethren. 
To my second sonne William Newstead I give my house and grounds 
etc. which I lately purchased of John Walmesley in Somercotes 
aforesaid, to him and his heirs, in consideration of his child's 
portion. If he die before he is 21, I give it to Christopher New- 
stead my third sonne ; and if he die before 21, 1 give it to Robert 
Newstead my fourth sonne ; and if he die, to my right heirs. Also 
to my Sonne William xx"., when 21 ; and if he die before, then to 
be equally divided among Marie, Christopher, Elizabeth and Robert 
Newstead. To Christopher i^'ewstead, my third sonne, I give c". 
to be let out for his use within three and a half years after my 
decease. If he die before 21, it is to be divided among his brethren 
William and Robert Newstead. Also I give him the yearlie rente 
of ix". to be paid annualie, during the space of three yeares after 
my decease, out of 34 acres of pasture in Somercotes aforesaid, 
which I lately purchased of John Earsbie, gent., and nowe have 
given the said 34 acres to my youngest sonne Robert Newstead by 
deede of gifte. Item I give to my said sonne Robert, in full con- 
sideration of his child's portion, ten yewes to be delivered at the 
end of five yeares to him. My will is my sonne Harbert shall 
sufficientlie maintein with meat, drink, and apparell his brethren 
and sisters aforesaid till they receive the benefit of their portions. 
Also my second sonne William till he receive the benefit of his 
lands. To my daughter Anne Goord I give one wether, in satis- 
faction of her child's portion ; and to her two sonnes Robert and 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 79 

Eichard each a wether. To Jane, my wife, xx^, and half the 
household stuff. I will that my sonne Harbert have the tuition 
and bringing up of my youngest sonne Robert ^N'ewstead. To the 
poore of Neither Silton in Yorkshire where I was born, xs. to be 
distributed at the discretion of Mr. Francis Pinckney, and Raphe 
Bransbie, and my cossen Christopher Waire. To the church of 
South Somercotes iijs. iiijd. I give for the repaireing of Calswayes 
betwixt this house and George Winter's house vs. To my sister 
Margaret Watson xs. To all my servants xijd. apeece. I will 
that the money owing by Lawrence Stanninough being xxiiijs. be 
bestowed for the repairing of Calsways betwixt the house and the 
church. To John Lacon the son of Lion Lacon one yowe. Residue 
to Harbert Newstead my eldest sonne whom I make sole executor. 
I appoint Lion Lacon, gent., and John Lacon, gent., of Mumbie 
Ghappell supervisors, aad give each xxs. 

Prob. at Lincoln 16 Jan. 1612 by Ex'. 

Personalty sworn 676". 19s. Od. 

A good example of the Linoolnshire yeoman. He had migrated from Torkthire, as the 
Will shows. His son Harbert Newstead married in 1 615 Frances, daughter of Robert Hastings, 
of Hnttoft. The Newsteads became lesser gentry as time went on. Bobert Newstead oom- 
ponnded for his estate, paying £287 to the parliament. The family passes away in the 
eighteenth centary. 



The 13 th Aug. 1611. I fiFrancys Went worth of Waltham in 
the County of Lincoln, gentleman, being sick in bodye etc. Firste 
I geve and bequeathe my soule into the hands of my Lord God 
and creatur nothinge doubtinge but that for his infinite mercyes 
sett forthe in the pretious blodd of his dearely beloved sonne Jesus 
christe my onely saviour and redeemer he will receave it into his 
glorye in the companye of heavenly Angells and blessed Saincts. 
And my bodye I comend to the earthe hoping to receave it againe 
at the resurrection of the just men like to the glorious bodye of my 
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christe and in the meane season to be 
buried and rest in god's peace within the churche or chancell of the 
parish churche of Waltham. Item I geve to my daughter Barbaray 
Markham all my land in Waltham for her occupation during her 
naturall life, i,e, one ffearme in Waltham bought of John West of 
Waltham, Salter, and all lands etc. bought of John ffridlington of 
Waltham and Alice his wife, of Edward Burne of ffotherbyo and 
Alice his wife, of John Mussendyne of Waltham and of John 
Hewson late of Waltham, payinge yearelye during her life iij^*. to 
William Baynes her eldest sonne. Item I give all the aforesaid 
lands to the said William Baynes and the heirs of his body 
forever ; in default, to his brothers John Baynes ; in default, to my 
heirs. Item to my sonne William Wentworth and the heirs of his 

80 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

body my house and all my lands lying in East and Middle 
Saltfletby ; in default, to William Baynes aforesaid ; in default, to 
John Baynes aforesaid ; in default to me and my heirs. Item to 
my Sonne Martyne Wentworth xx^*. to be payd him by my eldest 
Sonne William Wentworth of Saltfletby aforesaid, gentleman, within 
two years after my deathe. Item to Barbaray Markhani my 
daughter, during her natural life, the occupation of all my lands in 
Laceby, i,e. two closes of pasture, one containing xv acres bought 
of Thomas Ellys of Grantham, esq. commonly called Littlebecke, 
the other xi acres bought of the heirs of William Philipson; 
paying yearly, during her natural life, iij^^ to John Baynes the 
younger son of my daughter Barbaray Markham. I give all the 
said lands to John Baynes and his heirs etc. ; in default, to his 
brother William Baynes ; in default, to my heirs. Item to my 
Sonne Martyne Wentworth x". to be payd him by Barbaray 
Markham out of my land in Laceby within three years of my 
deathe. Proviso, that if William and Martyne Wentworth do 
anything to break the entail of the lands in Saltfleetby, Laceby 
and Waltham, then their interest and title in such lands is 
immediately to cease. Item to William Baynes aforesaid one 
spruice Chest and one desk with all Evidences and writings therein. 
To the poore of Waltham xxxs., i.e. xijd. to every poore widdowe, 
' and the remaynder to be distributed amongst the poore Cottagers 
upon the day of my buriaU, and as much and after the same manner 
distributed that day twelvemonthes. To every woman servant in 
my daughter Barbaray Markham's house ijs. To my sonne 
William Wentworth in consideration of his child's portion xxs. 
To my Sonne Martyne Wentworth vj". to be payd him by Robert 
Potts and Thomas Thimbleby upon Midsomer day next ensuing. I 
make Christopher Wentworth of Eandall, gentleman, and Maurice 
Gulson, clarke, parson of Skarthowe, supravisors to whom I geve 
xs. each. To the Cathedrall Church of Lincolne xijd. To the 
parishe Churche of Waltham towardes the repairinge of it, iijs. iiijd. 
Eesidue to my daughter Barbaray Markham. I make Christopher 
Markham my sonne in law sole executor to whome I geve a quarter 
of Barlye. Signed ffrancis Wentworthe. SeaL R.D. 
Prob. at Louth 7 May 1612 by Ex^ 

Probably from Yorkshire. A yonnger son of the great Wentworth family, Sir William 
Wentworth, was of Ashby Pneromm, in Go. Lino, temp. Oar. I., and the testator may have 
been a relation. I add the foUowing will of Riohard Baynes simply on acoonnt of the 


The 30th March 1610. Richard Baynes of Waltham, clerk; 
my wife's father Mr. Francis Wentworth ; my wife's brothers Mr. 
William and Mr, Martin Wentworth ; her cosen Mr. Christopher 
Wentworth of Randall. I make Maurice Gulson, parson of 
Scartho supervisor. 

Prob. 27 April 1610. 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 81 



The 18th Feb. 1611. I William Lacy late of St. James 
Deeping in the county of Lincoln, Esquier, sicke in 1body etc. 
Firste concerning my lands I will that Joane my wief have all my 
lands tenements etc. in Stamford in Co. Line, as in St-amford 
Barron in Co. Northampton and also in little Casterton in Co. 
Eutland daring her naturall lief. After her decease I give all the 
said lands to my sonne Nathaniell Lacy and Edith his wief and to 
his heires male ; in default, to his right heires. Item I give and 
bequeath to my said sonne Nathaniell Lacy all such leases, termes 
of yeares etc. which I have in one little close and sixe acres of 
land arable called Chapter lands lying in the fields of Stamford in 
Co. Line, and all other leases and termes of yeares etc. in Stamford 
and Stamford Barron to him and his assignes for all the yeares 
comprised in the said leases. And as concerning all other lands, 
tenements etc. which I have within the Eealme of England, not 
disposed of in this my will, I geve and bequeath them to my sonne 
Eobert Lacy and his heires male ; in default to Nathaniell Lacy, 
aforesaid, and his heires male ; in default, to the right heires of the 
said Bobert Lacy. Item to my said sonne Bobert Lacy my patent 
and grant of the Stewardship of all the lands and mannors belonging 
to the deane and Chapter of Broughe St. Peter (Peterborough), and all 
my interest and terme in the same together with the fee and anuity 
of yj*^ xiijs. ii\jd. comprised in the same patent for all the yeares 
yet unexpired. Item all my law books and my xxix peices of 
timber at Whassingburgh in Co. Line. Now as concerning all 
suche wordly goods as the Lord of all power hath lent me my will 
is to bestow tlem as followeth. First my will is that my said wief 
have the use of all my housholdstuffe and furniture of my house at 
Deping, as all my plate, bedding, napery, brasse, pewter, bruing 
vessels, and all other necessaries belonging to the howse for inward 
furniture during her lief naturall if she so long keep herself widow 
sole and unmarried. And after her decease or marriage the said 
householdstuffe etc. shall be left by my wief wholy to my sonne 
Bobert Lacy, in fuU satisfaction of all such parcells of goods and 
dutyes as is due unto him as Exequitor of the last will and 
Testament of Alice Tighe his grandmother, which parcells of goods 
came to my hands and I dp stand answerable and accomptable for 
them in conscience, nothing doubting but as he is her naturall 
sonne so she will leave them as they shall not be impaired but 
rather bettered, nevertheless I paid him at his marriage to buy him 
apparell xx". of that stocke his grandmother left him. Item to 
ffrancis Hornby, my daughter ffrancis her daughter, xx^. To 
Nathaniell Lacy my younger sonne c^^ to be paid within a yeare 

82 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

of my decease. To Suzan my daughter, which bestowed herself 
against my will and liking and without my privity, for her full 
child's part, xl^K To my sayd sonne Nathaniel! Lacy my lease and 
terme of yeares of my pastures in Moulton in Holland which I 
have by the graunt of my cozen Abraham Johnson for all the 
terme of yeares yet to come. Item my will is that such somes 
of money as are now in the hands of T. B. and S'^ Richard Ogle 
shall after the end anc expiration of the termes that I have taken 
them for, together with the interest rising by them after my death 
(excepting xx*^ by yeare yearely to be deducted by my exequitor 
out of the said interest) shall by my exequitor and supervisors be 
put forth upon good security, and the same with the profits, 
revenues etc. to be reserved kept and put forth for interest yearely 
untill a convenient purchase of land be had, upon which it may be 
bestowed, which land, so to be purchased, I will be conveied and 
assured in forme following, that is to say to Eobert Lacy my 
eldest Sonne and bis heires male ; in default, to Kathaniell Lacy 
my younger sonne, and his heires male ; and in default, to the right 
heires of Robert Lacy. If no such purchase can be had during the 
lives of Robert and Kathaniell Lacy, then if Robert hath any issue 
male, the said purchased lands are to go to such issue male (same 
provision for Nathaniell). Item I give to my sonne in lawe Mr. 
Alexander More, with whom I sojourne, in consideration of the 
extraordinary charge that he is at by reason of such company as 
do resorte unto me during my sickness xiij**. "vjs. viiijd. To my 
daughter Anne More for her greate trouble and paynes taken with 
me in my sickness vj^. xiijs. iiijd. To my sonne Nathaniell Lacy 
all my householdstuffe and uten sills and furniture for houshould 
which I have in Stamford aforesaid in the howse wherein Mr. 
Reginald Waters dwelleth (excepting my beste table, my beste 
cupborde and presse) which table etc. I give to my sonne Robert 
Lacy. I give to my sonne l^athaniell Lacy the furniture of the 
well in the backeyarde of the said house at Stamford as well of 
timber and iron, as also all the troughes, pipes of lead and lead in 
the saide yarde and kitchin of the said howse. I give to him 
also a guilte salte and cover and six silver spoones. I make my 
sonne Robert Lacy sole executor, and I would intreate S' Henry 
Cholmeley, Knight, my sonne in lawe and Mr. Alexander More, 
my sonne in lawe to be supervisors, and I give to each v^*. Wit- 
nessed by Alexander More, Anne More, Thos. Tighe. 

Prob. at Lincoln 5 June 1612 by Ex^. 

The testator's son, Robert Laoy, married Cassandra, daaghter of Thopias Ogle, of Pinch- 
beck; she was buried at Washingborongh 25 Dec., 1682. His danghter Alice married Sir 
Henry Cholmeley, Knt, of of Baston. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 83 



The 7th Feb. 8th Jac. I. I John Thomson of Boothby in the 
county of Lincoln, gent., knowing that there is nothing more 
certain unto mankind than death and myselfe oftentimes sickely 
being therefore nowe of sound and perfect memorye etc. My body 
to be decently interred as is fitting for my estate and degree. To 
the poore of Boothby on the day of my buriall or within one monthe 
followinge xls., to be distributed by my executrix with the advise 
of the parson theare. I will my household stuff etc. (plate excepted) 
be put into an inventory within six days of my death, with the 
trew pries thereof, and Alice my wife to have the occupation of it 
so long as shee shall keep herself e sole and unmarried. She to 
enter into a bond within twenty days after my decease, to restore 
the said household stuff to my supervisors in case of her death or 
marriage. If she refuse to enter into suck bond, or if she marry 
again, or die being married, then the stuff etc. is to be divided 
equally among my children. If she die after having entered etc. 
and being not married, then it is to go to my son Francis if he 
be living; if not, to my next heir male when 21. Residue of my 
property I give to my younger children, Daniel, Robert and William 
Thomson, and to the child my wife may be with, to be equally 
divided, and paid to my sons at the several ages of 21, and my 
daughters at 18. The said portions to remain in the hands of my 
wife meanwhile. If she marry again she is to enter into a bond 
giving sufl&cient security to my supervisors for paying my children's 
portions. K my wife refuse her jointure of my manor and lands 
etc. in Boothbie now in my own occupation, then two parts in three 
are to be divided of the mansion house, manor, lands, rents, etc. and 
are to be received by my supervisors till my son Francis Thomson 
is 26 years of age ; if he die* before that age, then till my next heir 
male is 26, to the intent that my said supervisors may distribute 
the two partes of the said manor among my younger children afore- 
said for their advancement etc. If my wife do not accept of my 
mansion house and lands in Boothby for her jointure then she shall 
have for life rent free all that tenement now in the tenure of William 
Thomson in Boothby and all the lands etc. which were held and 
used with the same when I myself dwelt in the same. Item if my 
wife do accept of the said manor etc. for her jointure, then my 
feoffees to whom I shall convey my lands etc. in Burnethorpe, 
Hoggesthorpe, Slouthby, Cumberworth and Willowby, shall, for 
the advancement of my said younger children, during six years 
after my decease, be seized of two parts in three to be divided of 
all my lands in Burnethorpe etc., for the use and profit of my said 
younger children, to be paid them at such times as I have appointed 
for their other portions. And after the six years my feoffees are 

84 LINCOLNSHIKE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

to remain seized of the said two parts for such uses as are expressed 
in the conveyance. But if mj son Frances do impeach my said 
feoffees or my supervisors in taking of the rents, issues etc., then 
I bequeath unto them for the advancement of my younger children 
all my manor and lands in Boothby, which I have in my own 
manual use, to have and to hold for twenty years after my decease, 
to augment my younger children's portions etc. Item I give to my 
brother John Thorold, my sister Ellis, my sister Midlecote, my sister 
Waterhouse, my brother George Thorold, my brother Thomas 
Thorold, Mrs. Pridgeon, and to my brother Alexander Thorold, 
xxs. apiece to buy them several rings. I make my well beloved 
wife Alice executrix, and my well beloved friend ffrancis Pridgion, 
clarke, and Thomas Midlecotte, gent., my brother in law, super- 
visors, and give them each x^K for their pains. Witnessed by 
William Broxholme, Thomas Conny. 

Prob. at Lincoln 30 March 1612 by relict Alice Thomson Ex^. 

The testator had married /Llioe daughter of Sir Edmand Thorold, Ent.. of Hongh-on-tbe- 
Hill. She afterwards married Cecil Hall. Boothby is a hamlet in the Parish of Welton by 
Spilsby, Co. Lino. 



In the name of God, Amen, fforasmuch as all men be mortall 
and also most uncertaine when yt shall please god to call them to 
his mercy out of this transitory life, therefore I S'^ Edward Ayscoghe 
of South Kelsey in the county of Lincoln, Knight, being of whole 
minde and perfect remembrance, most harty thancks I give therefore 
unto almighty god, do the fourth day of November in the ninth 
yeare of the raigne of our soveraigne Lord James etc., and in the 
yeare of our Lord God 1611, ordaine and make this my last will 
etc. flBrst I bequeath my soule to almighty god my onelie Savior 
and redeemer by the merritts death and passion of Jesus Christ 
onely trusting and stedfastly beleiving in his great mercy to be 
saved and by no means else ; And therefore I desire the Lord god 
from the depth of my hart to deale with me in mercy and not in 
justice for I acknowledge myselfe to be a most wretched sinner ; 
and my body to be buried in the north chappell in the parish 
church of Stallingburgh when yt shall please god to take me out of 
this life. To the repairing of the Cathedrall Church of Lincoln xxs. 
To the poore of either of the parishes of Southkelsey xls. To the 
poor of Stallingburgh xls. To S'^ Thomas Grantham, of Goltho, 
Knight, and George Bilcliffe of Toft, clarke, all my leases, goods, 
chattells, household stuffe, in consideration that according to the 
trust I repose in them they may pay all my debts and performe my 
last will and testament. And whereas I, by my deed indented dated 
the 1 3th April in the sixth yeare of the raigne of our soveraigne 
Lord JameS; did devise^ grant etc, to the said S' Thomas Grantham, 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS. 1600-1617. 85 

ffirancis Ayscoghe, and the aforesaid George Bilcliffe, clarke, all my 
Eectory and parsonage of Stallingbroughe, and all the tithes of 
come, hay, wooll, lambes, to the said parsonage of old time due, 
with the tithes of Healing to the same belonging ; and whereas I 
by my other deede bearing the like date did devise and grant to 
the said S' Thomas Grantham, ffrancis Ayscoughe, and George 
Bilcliffe all the lordship of Thornton in le more next South Kelsey, 
Beesthorpe, and Cauthorpe, and also all messuages, barns etc. situate 
in Thornton, Beesthorpe and Cauthorpe (except all great trees, 
woods, underwoods, mynes, and Quarries, and the donation, right 
of patronage of the Eectory of Thornton) to have and to hold all 
the above premises during such time and term of years, and to such 
uses, as I, S^ Edward Ayscoghe, by my deede or last will shall 
declare. I will therefore that they hold the above premises for the 
true payment and discharging of debts, funerall expenses, and the 
performing of this my last will. And after the due performance 
etc. the two said Indentures are to be utterly void and frustrate 
etc. And they the said S' Thomas Grantham, ffrancis Aiscough 
and George Bilcliffe shall assign and sett over the said two Inden- 
tures of devise and all their right title and interest in the above 
premises to Edward Ayscough my grandson, and son heir apparent 
of the late William Aiscough Esquier late of Stallingbrough, 
deceased, to him and his heires male, and in default to the heires 
male of me the said Sir Edward Ayscough. Item to my nephew 
ffrancis Grantham my ringe of golde which my unckle Disney gave 
unto me. To Vincent Ayscough my sonne cc^. To Thomas 
Ayscough my sonne dccc". To Edward Ayscough my sonne dccc'^ 
To my daughter Metcalfe my Cooch with all the furniture. To 
Lucye Ayscough my daughter dc". To Edward Ayscough my 
grandchild aforesaid my ringe of golde with my armes upon yt, my 
sugar box of silver with my armes upon yt, and also all my armour 
and artillery for warres. To John Ayscough the sonne of ffrancis 
Ayscough my sonne late deceased cc^. To Jane Ayscough daughter 
of the aforesaid ffrancis Ayscough my sonne cc^. To Edward 
Bagshaw my servant x^. To William Howsam my servant an 
annuitie of xxs. yearely, out of my fee simple lands in Stalling- 
broughe for his naturaU life. To every one of my other servants 
in my house at the time of my deathe one yeare's wages. I make 
the aforesaid S^ Thomas Grantham and George BilcliSe executors. 
I give to S^ Thomas Grantham my blacke cooche maire, and to 
George Bilcliffe my second horse which I have at the time of my 

Prob. at Lincoln 2 Nov. 1612 by Sir Thomas Grantham Ex^ 
Power reserved to the other one. Personalty sworn 1089^^ 12s. 6d. 

He was the 3nd bat eldest snrvlTing son of Sir Fiancls Ayscongh, Ent, by Blizabeth 
Hansard, the heiress of Sth. Eelsey. He married Bsther, daughter of Thomas Grantham, of 
St. Katberine's, Linooln. The Aysconghs took the Parliament's side in the great straggle, 
and escaped the rain that befell so many Lincolnshire families. 

86 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 


The 11th Feb. 1612. I ffrances Ladye Windebanke late wief 
of S' Thomas Windebanke, Knight, deceassed, the unprofitable 
servant of god, weake in bodye but stronge in uiynde doe willingly 
and with a free harte render and give againe into the hands of my 
lorde god and creatour my spiritt which he of his fatherly goodnes 
gave unto me, when he firste fashioned me in my mother's wombe, 
makinge me a livinge and reasonable creature, nothinge dowtinge 
but that of his infynytt mercies sett forthe in the preacious blodd 
of his dearly beloved sonne Christe Jesus our only lorde and saviour 
and redeemer he wilbe pleased to receive my soule into his glory, 
and place it in the company of the heavenly angels and blessed 
sayncts. And as concerninge my bodye even with a good will and 
free harte I give over comendinge yt into the earthe whereof yt 
came nothing dowtinge but accordinge to the article of my faythe 
at the greate daye of generall resurrection when we shall all apeare 
before the Judgment seate of Christe I shall receave the same againe 
by the mighty power of god wherewith he is able to subdue all 
things to himselfe, not a corruptible bodye, mortall, weake and vile 
bodye as yt is nowe, but an incorruptible immortall stronge and 
perfecte bodye in all points like unto the most glorious body of my 
lorde and saviour Jhesus Christe. As touchinge worldly goods 
fl&rste I give unto my sonne ffrances (sic) Windebanke my writinge 
tables covered with sylver and gilte with the Dimockes armes 
graven upon them. Item to my dowghter Margrett Grimsdiche a 
golde hoope ringe with letters for her father's name and myne. To 
my brother Edwarde Dimoke if he survive me a golde ringe with a 
rewby stone in yt. To the La(dy) fulnetby, my kind nece, my 
golde ringe with ruby stones in yt. To Mr. Stephen Mason a golde 
ringe with an aggett. To Mrs. Morecrofte of Lincoln a golde ringe 
plaine failinge in three ringes. To Martha flawell my olde servant 
and kinde frende a boke containinge Calvin's sermons upon Jobe. 
To Ann zinzane (sic) soe moche of any of my other goods or 
apparell as in the discreation of Robarte Morcrofte, Alderman of the 
citty of Lincoln, he shall thinke meete for her. Residue of my 
goods to the saide Robarte Morecrofte my sole executor. 

Prob. at Lincoln 24 April 1613 by Ex^. 

She vtas the daughter of Sir Bdwarde Dyxnoke, Knt, of Scriyelsby, by his wife Anne 
Talboya. Her husband is described as son of Sir Richard Windebank, Knt., or Wynybanke, 
who was knighted in 1544. 



The 28th Keb. 1610. I William Welbie of Denton in the 
county of Lincoln, yeoman, doe make and ordaine etc. My will is 
yt my bodie be buried in ye parishe Churche of Denton on ye right 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 87 

hand ye north allie near to ye burjinge place of my beloved father 
John Welbie deceased. Secondly I do by these presents revoke 
etc. all former wills. Item to ye poor of Denton xiijs. iiijd., and 
towardes ye repayringe of ye Church of Denton xs. To my son 
William al my landes in Denton, being sixe tenements in ye 
occupation of me ye said William Welbie ye Elder, Robert Wynge, 
William Buthwell, John Howton and widoe Greswell, to have and 
to hold with all lands, appurtenances etc., as also a parcell of 
ground in Denton lyinge in ptable Closse, William Gillion lyinge 
both on ye weste side and on ye Easte, ye northe end butting on 
Nathsmiel Orson, and ye southe end on ye towne streete together 
with a certain yearly rent paid out of Whivell and hungerton in 
CO. Line, to my said sonne William and his heirs male forever ; 
in default, to my sonne George and his heirs male ; in default to 
my sonne Austyne ; in default to my sonne Thomas ; in defiault to 
my right heirs. My will is my beloved wife Alice shall have ye 
great parlor for her dwellinge place which I doe now dwell in, 
during her naturall lyfe, if she think good ther to abide, and my 
Executor shall upon his coste and charges find her meate drinke 
washinge etc. and shall paye unto her per annum forty shillings, 
and a quarter of mault yearly durynge ye tyme she shall thinke 
good ther to dwell. If she dislike the said dwellinghouse, then 
she shall have my neither house in ye Easte end of ye towne for 
her Bestinge place with all other houses belonginge to ye same, 
together with ye orchards ye mayden Closse with other liberty and 
Easements of ground etc. during her life (ye great Closse excepted). 
Item I give her ye third parte of all my lands in Denton or elswher 
within ye Eealme, and my mind is that she shall have her land out 
of that farme which belongeth to ye house which I now dwell in, 
with ye comons medow grounde tetheringe grasse etc. during her 
naturall life. My executor is to sowe ye f orsaid third parte of land 
ye first yeare that my wife Alice shall enter upon yt at his own 
coste. I give her also ye fourth parte of my houshold stufe, tow 
kye, all my shepe, one bee hive with ye bees therein, both her 
chests and her Arke standing in ye Chamber and in ye parler with 
all ye lynnens in ye said Chests and Arke, savinge one paire of 
flaxen shets which I geve unto my son George. Item I geve to 
her ye bedstead within ye little pailor, with all maner of necessary e 
beddinge. I also geve unto her a newe beddeliuge (sic), a short 
spike, halfe ye pullen in and about ye yard. She shall have my 
great pan, ye best brandreth and ye best cubbord to use etc. and at 
her decease ye great pan, brandreth, and cubbord to remaine to ye 
use of my executor. My said wife to have power and liberty to 
sneath wodd but not to fell any trees. If my wife shall dwell at 
ye nether house aforesaid then the xls. and ye quarter of mault 
shall not be paied unto her. Item to my sonne George a weane 

88 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

and weanegears, a plow and plowgears with tow axle tres, one table 
with a frame in ye house, one bedstead in ye little chamber etc. a 
load of coales, one silver spoone and one brasse pot etc. To my 
son Austyne one silver spoone and one brasse pott etc. To my son 
Austyne one silver spoone and one bee hive with the bees therin 
in full lew and satisfaction of his child's portion. To my son 
Thomas one bee hive with the bees therin, one silver spoone, three 
peces of pewter etc. To my daughter Mary xxs. in lew of her 
child's portion. To my daughter Johane one cow in lew etc. To 
my daughter Jane xiijs. iiijd. in satissfaction etc. To Robert 
Wynge's children one cow amongst them alL To my son William 
Welbie's child, viz., to yonge William, one silver spoone and a 
browne heifer. To yonge Eichard and Thomas Welby my son 
William's children my leaste quye calfe in Wyvell close. To yonge 
Alice Lenton, my daughter Johane's child, one heifer. To my son 
William Welby e all my lands whatsoever and all my household 
stuff unbequeathed. Residue to my sons William, George, and 
Thomas Welby. I make my son William sole executor and my 
son Thomas supervisor. 

William Welbye his mark. 

Prob. at Grantham 15 Dec. 1613 by Ex'. 

Personalty sworn 192^*. 15s. lOd. 

The ancestor of the preeent family of Welby of Denton. The evidence of this will is 
qnite clear as to the social position of the testator. He calls himself a yeoman. In 1643 his 
grandson William Welby of Denton, "gentleman," figures in the list of persons connected 
with liucolnshire who were ii\|^icted for high treason for having joined with the Parliament 
against Charles I. The sanie was elected M.P. for the county in one of Oromwell's parlia- 
ments, 1651. The family made its peace, however, with the Crown, on the Restoration, and 
was one of those selected for the honour of the knighthood of the Royal Oak; an Order which 
was not however established. After this it took a leading place among the ooanty families, 
and supplies a remarkable instance of a rapid rise in the social scale; 



In dei nomine Amen. The 26th Nov. 1612. I Robert Lacy 
of Washingborough in the County of Lincoln, Esq., weake of body 
etc. My body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my 
executors. As touching the disposition of such lands as I stand 
seised of by descent from my father I will that C. L. (Cassandra 
Lacy) my deare and loving wife shall have them during her naturall 
life, so long as she keeps herself unmarried ; then I will that it go 
to my next heire at the common lawe. To my said wife I gi^te cc". 
to be paid within six months after my decease. Item all my come, 
hay, cattell etc. Item all my household stuff in W. (Washing- 
borough) for her life (with proviso if she maiTy). And of my plate 
one double bell salte guilte and six silver spoones, 3 litle white 
booUs and one silver tunne. Residue of my plate etc. to my 
executor N. L. and his heirs. To my mother Mrs. Joan Lacy my 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 89 

golde linge with my seele of armes. To every one of my siflteis 
xxs. to make into a ringe to wear in remembrance of me ; and to 
everyone of their children xs. for a ringe etc. To my kind and 
loving cosen Mr. Eobert !N'evill my best goune, my best cloake, and 
my best snite of apparell from the head to the foote. To my cosen 
Mrs. Elizabeth Cholmeley v**. to be bestowed on a peece of plate 
and given her at her mariage. To my nephewes Henry and Charles 
Homeby to be paid them when they shall have served out their 
prentyshipp in London, and are made free of their companies, to 
either of them x". To my olde neighbour John Wilbore of 
Wherrington my violett goune. To the poore of Washingborough 
xls. Eesidue to my brother N. L. (Nathaniel Lacy) my executor ; 
and I would intreate Sir H. Ch. (Henry Cholmeley) to be super- 
visor, and give him five markes. 

The 28th May, 1613. I doe knowe the writinge within written 
to be the proper writinge of Mr. Eobert Lacye ; and Mris. Cassandra 
Lacye his late wief doth also acknowledge the same, and hath given 
her consent that the same shalbe proved as his last will and testa- 
ment by Mr. Nathaniell Lacye his brother therein named as his 
Executor. Henry Cholmeley. 

Mr. Lacie in his lifetime some fouie dayes before he died said 
unto me yt he had made a draught of his will, the which in writinge 
seemeth to be the same, his wife and manie others acknowledging 
it to be written with his owne hand, and I am perswaded myself it 
is so. Therefore Mris. Lacie his widow is bolh. content and desirous 
to have proved in the court for his last will and testament. 

George Eland. 

Prob. at Lincoln 28 May 1613 by Ex^ 

An aooonnt of the testator Is giyen in a former Will of his father, William Lacy. 



The 26th Jan. 1613. I ffrancys Grantham of Langton nexte 
Wragbie in the County of Lincoln, Esquyer, sicke and weake in 
bodie etc. I humbly comende my Soule and bodie to the hands of 
Almightie god our heavenly Mher, beseechinge him of his infinitt 
goodnes and mercie even for Jesus Christe his deare Sonne's sake to 
forgive me all my Sinnes and whensoever it shall please him to call 
me out of this wrettched world he will vouchsafe to receave my 
Soule unto his heavenlye Kingdome. My body to be decently 
buried in the Churche of Saincte Martins in the cittie of Lincolne 
amongest myne Auncestors there. To the poor people of the said 
parish xls. to be distributed at my funerall. To my Lovinge Sister 
the Ladye Grantham one peece of gould of xxs. To my Nephew 
Thomas Grantham xxs. To my Neice Jane Grantham xxs. To 

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my lovinge cosen Mr. Robert Grantham one Angell of gould. To 
my brother Huttchinson's dawghter xxb. Residewe I wholie give 
to mye verie lovinge wief Jane Grantham, and to my children 
Thomas and Edward Grantham to be equally divided. And yett 
neverthelesse if mye said wief be nowe with childe, then I will the 
same childe shall have with my wief and aforenamed children an 
equall part and portion. I make my said wief executrix, and my 
loveinge brother S' Thomas Grantham, Knight, and my lovinge 
brother Thomas Huttchinson, Esq. supervisors, and give each xxs. 

Prob. at Lincoln 28 Feb. 1619 by relict Ex*. 

Personalty sworn 230^. 16s. Od. 

The son of Vincent Grantham, by BUzabeth daughter of Sir Francis Aysoougb, Ent. 
He married Jane Hntchinson. 


The 18th Sept. 1613. John Wharfe of Whickenbie in the 
County of Lincoln, gentleman. Sicke of bodie etc. My bodye to 
be buryed in the parishe churche of Whickenbie. To the poore of 
Whickenbie xs. To my man George xs. besydes his wages, and 
my white fustian doublet, and to my man William xs. and an ould 
freese jerekin in lieu of his wages. To my maide Anne Barley xxs. 
in lieu of wages, and I will that the woemen that kept my wife 
and myselfe be satissfied for there paines. To my sonne Richard 
cc^. when 21, also the lands and tenements in Hatton, latelie 
morgaged to me by my father Smithe ; if they be redeemed he is to 
have the money. To my sonne Peeter cc^. when 21. To my 
daughter Jane cc^. when 21 or married. To my mother Phesant 
my wife's silke grogeram gowne. To my owne mother her two 
new hates, and to my daughter Jane all the best of the rest of my 
wife's apparell. To my brother Phesaunt my taffetye doublette. 
To my father Smith my best gowne. To my cosen Richard Wharfe 
of Louthe my ould goune. To my sister Swaefield my wife's green 
carsey gowne, and to my sister Susan Phesant xs. I make my 
three children executors, and my brother Phesaunt and my father 
Smith shall have the education government and disposing of them 
meanwhile. If all my said children die before there age of seven- 
teene yeares then I wOl that cccc^*. of their portions be given to my 
three sisters and their children equally, and the residue to my 
unkle Thomas Wharfe*s children equally, and I give my daughter 
Jane my golden ringe. 

2 Oct. 1613. Admon. given to Peter Phesant of Louth esq., 
and Hennidge Smith of Hatton gent. 

In the Via, of London, Harl. Soc. Pnb., vol. ii., pa. 168, is a pedigree of Phesant, in which 
Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Phesant of Barkwith, co. Line, is said to have married Sir John 
Wharfe of Brlgg. The testator was never knighted, so the pedigree is in error. His wife's 
sister Jane married Augnstine Swafleld, and her sister Snsan eventnally married John Pliipps. 
He probably had married twice, from his reference to his " father Smithe." 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 91 



The 15th Dec 1609. I Robert Walthewe of Straglethorpe in 
the County of Lincoln, gent., beeinge by the goodnes of god sound 
both of bodie and minde (for the which I moste heartely thanke 
and praise him) do oidaine and make etc. My body to the earth. 
I will that there be distributed among poore people where I shall 
be buried xxs. To the poor of Straglethorpe xxs. and to the poore 
of Middleton where I was borne xxs. To Isabell Baguley towardes 
the briuginge up of her daughter xx nobles. To my brother 
William Walthewe and his w^e xxs. and I release to him the 
debts that he doth owe mee, whatsoever they bee, To James 
Priest xs. and I forgevo him all hee doth owe mee. To Mr. Thomas 
Lacon, brother of Sir ffrancis Lacon, Knight, one colte or nag of 
the value of vj^. To my frend John Martiall of Southwell in the 
county of Nottingham, gent., one other colte or nag of the value of 
yj^. and to my good neighbour William Sutton of Straglethorpe 
one colte or nag of the value of five markes. To my deer wief 
Anne Walthewe, in lue of her dower, either the sume of c^. or one 
anuitie of xx markes out of my lands etc., during her natural life 
(with power to distrain). Item I will and bequeth the inheritance 
and fee simple of all my lands to the said William Sutton and 
John Martiall forevermore authorizing them to sell, aliene, all the 
said lands and te employ the money to the use and^releif of poore 
scholers, poore prisoners, mariage of poore maidens, amendment of 
highwaies, repaire of churches, and chappells, and such like good 
and godly uses, as shall seem good etc. especially to the repaire of 
the windowes of the Chapiter house of the church of Sowthwell, if 
the said John Martiall like to have them repaired, and not els, for 
I leave this legacie in regarde of him onlie, and in these employ- 
ments I pray and charge them to bee faithfull, as I do trust them, 
and as they will geve accompte unto god for the same, at their 
uttermoste perills etc. Item to my said deere wife foure of my 
kyen and one moitie of my other household goods which are in the 
latine comprehended and ment by and under this nowne suppellex. 
Residue of my goods unbequeathed I leave to the said John Martiall 
and William Sutton whom I make exequitors. Witnesses Clement 
Holder, Robert Sutton, Andrew Smith de Cockinge Com. Sussexiae. 

Codicil. The 22nd Jan. 1611. I bequeth to John Warde late 
of Trinitie College in Oxford e maister of artes and professor of 
phisick the sume of xx^*. to be distributed in pios nmcs according to 
his conscience and discretion. Item whereas by specialties I am 
now indebted and do owe to John Martiall one of my exequitours 
the sume of 1^. I will that he have out of my estate not only the 
said 1^. but also a consideration after the rate of x^^ in the hundreth. 

Prob. 28 Oct. 1613. 

Thifl Will iB chiefly interesting on acconnt of the referoQce to the Chapter Hoase 
windows at Southwell. The Earlee, who had a Baronetoy granted in 1629, were the prindpal 
family in Stragglethorpe. 

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The 28th Dec. 1608. Biigett Rosseter wief of Thomas Rosseter 
of West Laughton, in the county of Lincoln, gent. ; of good and 
perfecte healthe and memorie etc. To Ann Digle my daughter 1^. 
to be paid to her by Thomas Rosseter my husband within one year 
after my decease. 

(In a note at the bottom: — "Moritur 26 Oct. 1611 aboute 
midnighte or after.*') 

At Boston 20 April 1613. Admon. of the goods of Bridget 
Rosseter was given to Mr. Edmund Diggle, clerk, Vicar of Sutterton. 

The RoBseton of Soxnerby, near Brigg, were a family that rose in the early part of the 
serenteenth century. Ck>L Rossetor, a noted Parliamentarian, was the head of the family. 



The 22nd June 1611. I Nicholas Stoyte of^ffington in the 
countie of Lincohie, gentleman, sicke in Boddy etc. My Boddy to 
be buryed within the Ghauncell of Ufiington Church. To the 
Church of Ufiington iijs. iiijd. To the poore of the said parish xxs. 
To Laurence Stoyte my eldest sonne 1^. to be paid within one yere 
after my decease ; also my beste riding guildinge. To Roger Stoyte 
my second sonne my ffarme at Talliugton with all the proffyts etc. 
and xx^. To John Stoyte my third sonne my howse wherein I 
now dwell with all the appurtenances etc. called my freehold which 
was given me by my mother, to him and his heires mailes ; in default^ 
to the heires generall. Provided that Dorothy my wife have the 
said howse and appurtenances for her naturall Me, yielding and 
paying to my said sonne John yerely vj^. xiijs. iiyd. when he shall 
come to the age of twentie yeres, and also his dyet and lodginge 
duringe her said terme of her life, or ells v^. yerely for the same 
at his choice. To Thomas Stoyte, my fourth sonne, x^. a yere, to 
be paid out of my lease of Thurlby parsonage duringe the terme of 
the said lease, and also xx^. when 21. To Nicholas Stoyte my fifth 
Sonne, VK to be payd him when 21 ; and yf he fortune to dye before 
that age then I give it to William Stoyte my sixth sonne. Also 
to the said Nicholas my lease which I bought of Mr. Pearsey. To 
William Stoyte, my sixth sonne, a cottage and fower acres of land 
in Holland, to him and his heires; and 1^. when he is 21. To 
Anne Stoyte my eldest daughter c^. to be paid within one yere 
after my decease, and a faire bedde furnished, and my best guilt 
silver bowle and two- silver spoones. To Marie Stoyte my second 
daughter, c^. and a silver bowle. To Dorothy Stoyte my third 
daughter, xl^. when 20 ; and if she die before that age it is to go to 
her sister fi&ancis Stoyte when 20. To ffrancis Stoyte my youngest 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 93 

daughter xl^. when 20, or on the day of her maryage. To every 
one of my brother Mr. Henry Stoyte's children xs. Eesidue to my 
well beloved wife Dorothy whome I make sole executrix. And for 
the better performance of my will and the paying of the above 
legacies I will that my wife shall enjoy my third part of the par- 
sonage of Thurlby ; and all my lands etc. in Holland which remain 
as yet undivided betwixt me and my brother Mr. Henry Stoyte of 
Castor in Co. Northampton, gentleman, shall be sold by my said 
wife with consent of the Right Worshipful Mr. Doctor Stanton, 
Deane of Lincolne, my brother Mr. Henry Stoyte, and my brother 
in law Mr. Eoger Eoe, whom I make supervisors, and give each an 
Angell of gould. 

Prob. at Grantham 22 April 1613 by Ex^ 

I presume the Irish Stoytes, of Street, in oo. Westmeath, whose heiress married the 8rd 
Borl of Damley, came of this family. 


The 24th Jan. 1612. I Nicholas Eobertson of fifishtoft in the 
County of Lincoln, gent., sick in bodie etc. My body I desire to 
have buried in the Church of fi&shtoft in the quier where mine 
ancestors lie buried. I give to Margarett my well beloved wife all 
my lands in Scrembie and Grebbie for her naturall life ; also x^. 
yearely as long as she remaineth unmarried ; to be paid her by my 
Sonne Francis Eobertson as a rentcharge issuing out of all my land 
in ffishtoft. Also two standinge bedsteades two fetherbedds etc. 
and as much household stuff as shall come by praisement to v^. To 
the poore of fl&shtoft xls. To my cosen John Burrill xxs., to my 
cosen John Eoberston xxs., to my cosen Painell Hartgrave vs. and 
to his brother ffrancis xs. To everyone of my servants iijs. iiijd. 
To my cosen Thomas Babington xs., to his mother xs., and to his 
wife xs. to be bestowed in rings. To Anthonie Ligolsbie xxs. and 
to Dorcas his wife xs. To my brother William Letsbie xs. To my 
brother Edmund Lishe xs. To Jane the daughter of my brother 
Nicholas Lishe xs. Eesidue of lands and goods to my sonne 
fiErancis Eobertson whom I make sole executor ; I make Anthonie 
Ingolsbie, clarke, supervisor. 

The 22nd March 1613. Francis Eobertson renounced the 
executorship, and admon. was given to Margaret Eobertson the 

This testator was of a family of a good descent often called Bobinson, and so entered in 
the Vis. of Line. 1662. In the pedigree there given Anthony Robinson is called " of Risse 
TJprisse." This is really Rioe ap Rice, an ancient mansion in Fishtoft, formerly the seat of 
the Robertsons or Robinsons. Nicholas Robinson was the first Mayor of Boston in 1644. 
Anthony Robinson, the testator's father, married a Faynell of Fishtoft ; one of a yonnger 
branch of the Paynells Of Boothby Faynell. 

H<Binii mmdi ",* m^ ""i Tr ■-■iBiA-' - ~- ^ 

94 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 



The Ist April 1613. I Richard Gedney of Bagenderbie in the 
County of Lincoln, Esquier. fOirst I bequeath my soule to my 
Creatour Christ Jesus by whose pretious bloodshedding and bitter 
passion I hope at the last to be partaker of the joyfull resurrection 
which Christ in his mercy hath prepared for his electe. My body 
to be buried in the parishe churche of Bagenderbie neare unto that 
place where my wellbeloved father lyeth ; my funerall charges to be 
as litle as with conveniency may be. To the repair of the said 
Churche xxs. To the poore of Oxcombe xs. To my welbeloved 
wief Rose Gedney the use of all my householde stufie, plate etc. 
during her natural life, and then to my eldest sonne John Gredney, 
if he be living, otherwise I desire my Executors to take order to 
have them safely kepte till my Sonne's sonne Nicholas Gredney is 
21. I give to my wief six kyne, one bull, foure oxen, two horses, 
or mares for draught, which she will chuse, and two of my horses 
or mares for the saddle at her appointment. Also all my swyne 
and pullen in and aboute the bowse ; also all her apparreU and 
parcells. I earnestly intreat my said wief seeing she hath the one 
halfe of my liveinge in joynture, and my debts so greate that my 
eldest sonne shall have very small meanes to live of untill order 
can be taken for the paying of my debts and legacies, that in 
regarde thereof she will afford him what releif she can. To my 
sonnets eldest daughter Susan Gedney c^^ to be paid when she is 19 
or married. To my daughter ffouePs daughter, Rose ffouels, c^. to 
be paid in like manner. To my sonne Hunstone and his wief a 
ringe of gould each of xxs. ; and the like to my sonne Rearsbye 
and his wief, and the like to my daughter Dame Troth ffoueUs ; all 
which small legacies I entreat my said sonnes and daughters to take 
as a kiende remembrance of them, my estate being poore and my 
debts greate. And whereas I am much indebted to my daughter 
Dame Troth ffouells I earnestly intreate my executors to have 
especiall care that shee may be paid what is due to her with what 
conveniency that may be rased out of such meanes as I leave that 
she be not hindred. And whereas upon good consideration I finde 
my goods chattells and moveables much insufficient to performe 
and pay these my legacies and debts, I eamestlie intreate my 
freinds William Morton of Oxcombe, Clarke, and Thomas Cheales 
of Hagworthingham, yeoman, whose respecte truste and kyndnes I 
have by longe experience found ever most trusty to mee in all my 
affayres and businesses, to receave and take all profitts rents etc. of 
my mannor of Oxcombe, and I do by this my will appointe the 
said William Morton and Thomas Cheales to sett lett and dispose 
of all profitts, rents etc. for the tearme of eighte whole yeares next 
after my deathe, and also to sell all such stocke and goods as I have 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 95 

at my death and not by this will disposed of, to pay with speede 
such debts as shall in their discretion be found most needfull. And 
whereas Mr. Cater hath one Anuity of xx^., as by a writingo 
betwixt him and me appeareth, with liberty of six months' warninge 
to pay to the said Mr. John Cater cc^. and the said anuity to 
cease, I earnestly intreate my especiall frends William Morton 
and Thomas Cheales to see that it be paid, that they may with 
more liberty and profit dispose of my manor of Oxcombe. 
And I humbly intreate my honorable and ever approved good 
frend S^ William Pelham to be assistante helper and ayder with 
his countenance and best advice to the said WQliam Morton and 
Thomas Cheales whome I put in trust to paying debts. And it is 
my will that if my eldest sonne John Gredney doe put in such good 
security as S' William Pelham and my executors think needful, 
then he is to enter into the said manor of Oxcombe and receive the 
rents etc. to his own use. I give to S' William Pelham the choyce 
of my best horse or colte, and I make William Morton and Thomas 
Checdes my Executors, giving each xls., which I desire them to 
take in good parte, my debts being very greate. I entreate S'^ 
William Pelham to be supervisor. Whereas I have received xP. 
for Andrewe Edwards' children, of their father's goods, as appeareth 
by an Inventory, I desire my executors to see the same paid. 
Whereas Mr. Jarvis Reasbye is to have c^., he confirminge my 
daughter's Joynture, which is ready ingrossed, I will that my 
Executors pay him the c^*. I eppointe my Executors to pay to my 
Sonne Thomas Gedney, during the eight yeares in which they shall 
receive the profitts of my manor of Oxcombe, viij^. the year; and 
after the eight years be expired and my debts etc. paid, then to 
give him an annuity of xx markes a year for his lief. 

At Homcastle 1 July 1614. William Morton renounces his 
executorship. Admon. given to John Gedney son and heir of 

Personalty sworn 284^*. 

The decadence of the Gedney family had began, and this will bears witness to it. The 
daughter -* Dame Troth fEonels " was really Fowkes. She re-married John Broxholme of 
Barrow. The Bag Enderby estates of the Qedneys erentually were sold to the Langhorne 
family, and passed from them in the eighteenth century to the Bartons. Thomas Cheales, 
one of the ezecators, was the son of Anthony Oheales, who purchased an estate in 
Hagworthingham, in the reign of Elizabeth. 


siE PHiLipp co:ningesbye. 

The 2nd Sept. 1613. I S'Phillipp Coningeshye of Twigmore 
in the County of Lincoln, Knighte, sicke in bodie etc. I give and 
bequeathe my soule into the hands of god almightie my creatour 
and maker, and to his sweete sonne Jesus Christe my redeemer, and 
to the holie Ghoste who hath sanctified me, three persons, and but 
one god, hopinge beleeving and fullie assuring myselfe to be saved 


96 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

througli the precious death and bloodsheddinge of my Saviour 
Jesus Christe, and to rest my soule with Abraham, Isacke, and 
Jacobb in the Kingdome of god for ever, and by no other means to 
be saved whatsoever. I will my bodie be buried in the private 
Chappell of North Mims in the County of Hartford as neare unto 
S' Henry Coningesbye my father as conveniently may be. I will 
that Dame Anne my wief bee my sole executrix, unto whom in 
respecte of her tender love towards me, as for some recompense of 
the portion she brought with her I give and bequeath, after my 
legacies discharged and funerals performed, all my plate, Jewells, 
household stuffe, and all chattells both reall and personalL I make 
Dame Elizabeth[Coningesbye of North Mims aforesaid, widow, my 
naturall mother, and S' Ealphe Coningesbye of North Mims, Knighte, 
my brother, overseers of this my will; and I do give to myjsaid brother 
in recompence of his paynes my graye geldinge newly taken up, pryse 
xx^*. To Elizabeth, Anne, Margery, Mary, Porothy, and Jane 
Coningesbye, my daughters, ccc^. apeece when 21 (with benefit of 
survivorship). To my sonne Henry Coningesbye my best horse 
with all the furniture to him belonging, and my ring of gould 
which I usually weare. Item I will that my wief Dame Anne and 
my Sonne Henry Coningesbye shall pay to Philipp Coningesbye 
my Sonne, some reasonable competente maintenance so long as he 
wUl be ruled and advised by them in his course of living which I 
leave wholly to their discretion. To John Coningesbye, my 
youngest sonne, ccc^. when 21 ; and if it shall seem good to Dame 
Anne my wief to bynde him Prentice to any free trade in London, 
that then so much of the ccc^., as my said wief shall disburse for 
the placing and binding etc., shall be defalked and abated. To 
Elizabeth Coningesbye my daughter in lawe xx^*. To Elizabeth 
Coningesbye my grandchilde a peece of guilt plaite price v^*. when she 
is 16 or married. To every manservante dwelling with me, if he 
continue his service one yeare after my deathe, xxs. To every 
maid servante (similar condition) xs. To the porre of Maunton to 
divided amongst them on the day of my deathe xls. To Mr. 
Daniell Powell a ring of gould price xs. 

Prob. at Lincoln 3 Aug. 1614 by relict Ex^. 

Personalty sworn 365^. 12s. Od. 

The OoninirBby pedigree is given fally in Olatterbnok's Hist, of Herts. Tvigmon is a 
hamlet in the parish of Manton, Go. Lincoln, and now bdongs to the Satton-Nelthorpe family. 



The 19 th Oct. 1613. I Mary Disney one of the daughters of 
Edward Disney late of Carleton in Morelaiid in the County of 
Lincoln, gent., deceased; being of perfecte minde and memory 
(thanks be to God) though but having a weake and sickly body etc. 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 97 

I desire that my body may be buryed in the Inner Chappell or 
Chancell of the parish Church of Carleton aforesaid. Whereas on 
accompte made betwixt me and my loving mother Mrs. Jane Disney 
I have released her of all sumes of money due to me by my late 
father Mr. Edward Disney's will, and of all sumes of money due to 
me from her, and whereas she hath sealed two severall billes unto 
me, the one for the payment of threescore poundes, and one other 
for fowerscore and seaven poundes, I do hereby absolutely release 
my mother from the sume of threescore poundes, and I do desire her 
to pay the sume of fowerscore and seaven poundes to my executor 
within one yeare and and a half of my deathe. I give to my sayd 
loving mother a piece of gold worth xxs. To my eldest brother 
Mr. Thomas Disney a ring of gold having a Turkey stone in it. 
To my sister Disney, wife of my sayd brother, a ring of gold and 
also a piece of gold of xxs. To my eldest sister Mrs. Jane Disney 
xxx". To my sister Ann Disney xxx'*., and one square boxe of 
oke, and one small boxe of wallnutt tree. To my three brethren 
Mr. William, John, and Eichard Disney, x". apeece. To Edward 
Taylor, my brother Disney's servant, ijs., and to Thomas Godfrey, 
my mother's man, xs. To Elizabeth Wilson, my mother's mayd- 
servant, xijs. To nurse Lumpkin, widow, xs., and to good wife 
Sutton, sometime my nurse, vs. To the poore of Carleton xs. 
Eesidue to my sister Jane Disney whom I intreate to be my execu- 

Prob. at Lincoln 13 June 1614 by Ex^. 

Personalty sworn 209*\ 9s. 6d. 

Her father had married Jane, danghter of William Thorold. In the Vis. of Line, for 
1662, Jane, the sister of the testatrix, is said to have married William Jessop, of Sheffield. 


The 10th April 1613. I Humfrey Nedham, of Donington super 
bane in the county of Lincoln, gent., sicke in bodie etc. My bodie to 
be buried where yt shall please god. To my eldest sonne Edward 
Kedham one bay balde mare ; one long framed table standing in the 
hall and sixe buffet stooles standing under yt. To my daughter 
Elizabeth Nedham xx^^ when 21. To my other three children, 
George, Henry, and Sarah ^NTedham x". each when 21 (with bene- 
fit of survivorship). To my sonne EichardNedham v^*. when 21. 
To the poorest and most needfull people of Donington vjs. viijd. 
Eesidue to Mary my wife whom I make sole executrix. I make 
Mr. Edward Skypwith of Beningworth, Esq., and Mr. William 
Hansard of Biskerthorpe, gent., supervisors. 

Prob. at Horncastle 1st July 1614 by Ex^. 

Possibly one of the Nedhams of Leicestershire. 




98 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 


Memorandum that Edward !N'ewcomen of Marham in the 
fenne in the Countie of Lincoln yeoman being of perfect minde 
and memorie made his last will and testament nuncupative in 
manner and forme following; viz., to his daughter Elizabeth 
Newcomen x^. to be putt out to her best use and benefitt at 
Michaelmas next ; to Mary ITewcomen, his daughter, x^^ etc. at 
Michaelmas next come twelve month; to Eobert Kewcomen his 
Sonne, x^. etc. at Michaelmas come two yeares. Eesidue he gave to 
his wife Mary Newcomen and Peter Eichardson. 

I July 1 6 1 4 at Horncastle admon. given to Mary Newcomen relict. 

Personalty sworn 120**. 3s. 8d. 

Most likely one of the Low Toynton branch of the Newcomens, and son of Biohard 
Newoomen of Donington-on-Bain. See No. 343, Ist Series. 



The 26th March 1614. I Vincent Skegnes of Alford in the 
Countie of Lincoln , Eachelour, sicke in bodie etc. My bodie to be 
buried in Anderbie Queare near to the place where my father was 
huried. To the poore of Anderbie the sume of xls. for a standinge 

^^ock to continue for ever, to be imployed and putt out for the best 
behalfe of the said poore by the churchwardens ; the sayd church- 
wardens being accomptable yearlie to the sayd inhabitants in or at 
the feast of the nativitie of our Lord commonlie called Christmas 

>day. To Thomas Skegnes of Candlesbie, my brother, my best 
sworde, dagger and hangers, and to my sister his wife one scarfe. 
To Moses Skegnes, eldest sonne of my said brother, my best suite 
of Apparell and my graie mare in the stable with saddle and bridle 
etc. Item to the said Moses twelve acres of pasture in Earbie to 
him and his heirs, which said acres holdeth of the manor of Ingol- 
mels ; I will that that he enter theron the feast of St. Michael the 
archangel next foUowinge after my deathe. To Elizabeth, Abigail, 
Dorcas, and Judith Skegnes, daughters of my said brother Thomas 
xx^^ apeece, and to Theophilus Skegnes his sonne xx^^ These 
sums to be paid to Thomas Skegnes, my brother, and William 
Thorie of Thirlebie, yeoman, by my executor within one half year 
next after my death ; they to give sufficient bonds for the putting 
out of the money for the benefit of the said children, to be paid 
them when 21. To Susan, George, and Thomas East, children of 
Eobert East of Grimsbie, v^*. apeece. To Sarah Mussendine, 
daughter of Thomas Mussendine of Waltham, xls. To Leonard 
Thorie, son of William Thorie of Thirlebie, xs. Eesidue to Chris- 
topher Skegnes of Alford, my brother, whom I make executor, and 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 99 

I desire Thomas Skegnes, my brother, and William Thorie to be 
supervisors, and give each xs. Item to the said Thomas Skegnes of 
Candlesbie for his life natural! one tenement in Anderbie with 
fifteen acres of pasture and arable; he to enter the xii. Oct. following 
my deathe. I will that Christopher Skegnes my brother and 
executor shall provide a grave stone to be laide upon me, with a 
superscription of my name and the tyme of my death. 

Prob. at Lincoln 12 May 1614 by Ex'. 

Personalty sworn 217**. 16s. 4d. 

A son of William Sk^^es of Anderbv ; see hia will No. 882, lit series. This is another 
yeoman family, like the Newstead, rising in wealth, bat oontinning in the same station of life. 
The race came originally from Addlethorpe and Ingoldmdls where it was settled as early as the 
fourteenth centnry. 


The 2nd May 1614. I Henry Wingfeld of Potter Hanworth 
in the Gountie of Lincolne, Esquier, of perfecte health and good 
memory etc. I bequeath my soule, my bodie, my life, my wief, 
children and goods unto the mercifuU protection of my heavenly 
father, beseechinge him in his greate mercye to give me a thanckfull 
mynde and harte for all his fatherly blessings bestowed upon me, 
and with all 1 beseeche him to give me grace to rest contented 
with what estate or condition soever yt shall please his fatherly 
goodness to keepe me in duringe this lief, and after this lief ended 
I bequeathe my soule into the hands of my heavenly father with 
full hope and assurance of my salvation even for Jesus Christe his 
sake myne only Saviour and Redeemer, and my bodie to retume to 
the earth againe in what place or after what manner it shall please 
his fatherlie goodness to appointe it. I will that there be paid to 
my Sonne Anthony cc^^ which I have in my hands to his use, 
which saide sume was given to him by late S'^ Anthony Wingfelde 
of Godwins in the County of Suffolke, Knighte, and in the 
meantime till it shall be paide I will my Executors pay him yearely 
xx^*. To my daughter Anne F., which I have in my hands to her 
use, given to her by her late grandfather William Metham of 
BoUington in County Lincoln, Esq. ; my executors meanwhile to 
pay her v". yearly. I give to her more xl**. to be paid into her 
own hands. To my sonne Henry xl". To my sonne Robert xR 
To my sonne Thomas xl^*. Which several sums I will shall be put 
into my brother William Wingfelde's hands for their better 
maintenance etc. till they come to xxiiij yeares. To my well beloved 
brother William Wingfelde a goulde ringe of xxs. Residue to my 
wife Elynore whom I make Executor with my said brother William 

Prob. at Lincoln 21 Nov. 1614 by Ex^ 

This is of course a Suffolk family, and only incidentally connected with Lincolnshire, 
The testator's wife was the daughter of William Vethfun of Pullington, Go. Lin<;, 

L-!l«. ~l. 

100 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 


The 10th Oct. 1613. I Thomas Yerbrough of Morton in 
County e Lincoln, gent., whole in bodye etc. My bodye to the 
earth from whence it came. I will that that be paid for my mor 
tuarye which the lawe doth appoynt. To the pore of Morton xs. 
To the pore of Lusbie xs. To the pore of BuUingbrooke xs. To 
the pore of Wester Keal xs. To Michaell Angevyn of Saltfletbie 
v". To the pore of Saltfletbie Clement xs. To Cuthbert and 
William Sherwood, sons of the late William Sherwood, of Saltfletbie, 
yeoman, deceased, y^^ apeece. To the three daughters of the said 
William Sherwood, deceased, iij". apeece. To Joseph, Daniel, Anne, 
and Elizabeth Thorold, children of John Thorold of Morton, Esq. 
1". apiece, when 21 or married (benefit of survivorship). To my 
cosen Butler wife of John Butler of Boughton, gent., xxs. and to 
my cosen Crosley wife of Christopher Crosley of Haldingham xs. 
To John Thurgeland son of my cosen George Thurgeland of Lilie 
in the Countye of Yorke, gent., my godchild, xs. To Roberta 
Willson of Morton xs. To each of my god'children xijd. Residue 
of my goods to be equally divided amongst the children of the said 
John Thorold. Touchinge my lands etc. in Saltfletbie my will is 
that the fleoflees to whom I have conveyed the same shall be seised 
thereof to the use of Nathaniel eldest sonne of the said John 
Thorold and his heires of his bodye ; in default, to Joseph Thorold 
his brother ; in default to Daniel Thorold his brother ; in default 
to Ann Thorold aforesaid ; in default to Elizabeth Thorold aforesaid ; 
in default, to the right heirs of me Thomas Yerbrough, (liberty 
given to the said Nathaniel, Joseph, Daniel, Ann and Elizabeth 
Thorold to sell the lands if need be). I make my cosen William 
Burton of Sleeford, gent., and my cosen Christopher Crosley, of 
Haldingham, yeoman, executors. My will is that the parts and 
portions before in this my will given and bequeathed to Daniel and 
Elizabeth Thorold, be put forth and employod by my executors for 
the onely use and benefitt of Ann Boothe, widow, my sister, duringe 
her naturall life. 

7 Oct. 1614, Executors renounce, and admon. given to John 
Thorold of Morton. 

John Bargh, or Borough, of Saltfleetby had married the testator's sister Anne, and their 
daughter and heiress Elizabeth had married John Thorold of Morton. These Yerborghs or 
Yarboronghs were a junior branch of the Yarboroughs of Yarborough. 



The 30th July 1614. I James Standishe of Ruskington in the 
Countie of Lincolne, gentleman. Sick in bodie etc. My bodie to 
the eartbe whereof it is made, and my will is that it be buried in 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 101 

the Church of Euskington. I give and devise to Eichard my 
Sonne and his heires the manor of Euskington with the 
appurtenances called the Westhall etc. and all my lands messuage^ 
etc. which I lately purchased of the right honorable Thomas Earle 
of Suffoolke, Arnold Harbert, and Meredith Morgan, gents, 
servants of the said Earle etc. I make my said sonne Eichard sole 
executor upon trust and confidence that he shall with the said 
lands and tenements hereby devised unto him, and those goods 
which I shall leave behind me, faithfully contente and pay all such 
debts as be owinge by me by bond or other specialtie, and also 
satisfye and discharge all such legacies and guifbs as I shall by my 
will give etc. I give to George my sonne and his heires my 
Manner of Euskington with the appurtenances called the Easthall, 
and all my lands, messuages etc. whatsoever excepte the Manner 
and lands devised to my sonne Eichard aforesaid. Provided 
alwayes and upon condition that my said sonne George pay to 
James my sonne c**., within nyne months, in the South porche of 
the parish Church of Euskington (licence to James to distrain). 
Item to the said George, my sonne, all wood, timber and 
implements in the house or yard of the said Easthall. To James 
my sonne cl^^ To Ellen my daughter c^^, and a great brasse pott, 
a bedstead, fetherbed and other clothes in the great Chamber. To 
Joane Hebblewhite my daughter x*^. To Margaret Squire my 
daughter vj^*. xiijs. iiijd. I forgive Lawrence Thorpe, my sonne in 
lawe, the moneyes he doth owe me, being aboute xl". upon 
condition that he assure, within three months of my decease, by 
conveyance to Frances my daughter his nowe wief and to the heires 
of her body by him begotten, the farme in Euskington wherein he 
doth now inhabit. Item to Joseph and Anne, my sonne Eichard 
his children, v marks each. To Anne Gladwynne my grandchild 
x^. upon condition that she be ruled by my Executor both in her 
choise of a husband, and in the letting and setting of her lands 
left unto her by her father. To every other of my grandchildren 
xxs. To my sister Nicholson one cowe. To Jane Turner my 
servante xxs. To Alexander Codling my servante xxvjs. viijd. To 
the repaire of Lincoln Minster xijd. To the repaire of the church 
of Euskington xs. To the poore of the towne of Euskington to be 
dealt among them at my funerall xxs. To Mr. Willimatt, parson 
of Euskington, and to William Willerton, vicar thereof, for tithes 
forgotten, to each of them xs. 'I make supervisors my lovinge 
brother John Standishe and my freinde Eobert Gustard, gent., and 
give each xs. 

Prob. at Sleaford 20 Oct. 1614 by Ex'. 

Personalty sworn 617". 17s. 4d. 

This family probably oame from Standishin Lancashire. They appear first in 1573, when 
Thomas Standish of Dorrington's Admon. was given to his sons John and James, the latter 
of whom is the testator. A Sir Thomas Standish, Knt, of Billingay is said to have married 
Faith daughter of Hamond Upton of NorUiolme, bnt I cannot connect him with th« 




The 13th Aug. 1614. I Augustine Massingberd of Sutterton in 
the County of Lincoln, gentleman, weake in body etc. For my 
body my will is that it be buried in the Churchyarde of the parish 
churche of Sutterton. I give to Thomas Baker eldest sonne of my 
sister Edith Baker to him and the heires of his body two messuages 
with appurtenances in Sutterton in a place called Spitlecrosse with 
all lands etc. which I lately bought of S' James Bogg, Knighte, 
and of one Christopher Briggs, excepting always and reserving six 
acres of pasture in Sutterton now in the tenure of John Spicer 
which I lately bought of the said S' James Bogge, Knighte. In 
default of such issue from Thomas Baker I will the aforesaid lands etc. 
shall descend to John Baker his brother ; in default to Ann Booth 
daughter of my sister Ann Booth ; in default to John Nicholls, one 
other of the sonnes of my aforesaid sister Edith, which she had by 
a second husband, to him and his heires forever. Item I give to 
John Baker aforesaid and his heires one messuage with the appur- 
tenances in Sutterton and all other messuages, lands etc. which I 
lately bought of John Spicer and Dorothy his wife, and the six 
acres of pasture before mentioned in Sutterton. As touchinge my 
goods and chattells I bequeath to Anne, my wief, four milch kyne ; 
four draught mares, at her own choice, excepte the gray mare I 
bought of Eobert Huntley, and exceptinge alsoe my Browne whale- 
eied mare. Also six yong heckfers with their calves ; also all my 
bees ; my best bedstead, my best fetherbed, my best boulstor, two 
of my best pillowes, two of my best blanketts, the lesser counter- 
pointe of tapestry worke ; the third part of all my lynnings ; the 
cubberd in the hall standinge next the buttry-dore, and all the 
towe and yarne in my house, with all the spinynge wheeles, blades 
and other implements about such housewifery, together with all the 
boules, pancons, churnes, and shelves in the dary house ; also one 
chiste with a double locke. Also the sume of fourscore pounds to 
te paid within the year after my decease j also sixe seames of 
Masseldine being wheate and rye as it groweth ; also one half of all 
my butter and cheese. To Hanna fiEoster, daughter of my said wief, 
one dozen of silver spoons which I bought of the executors of Stephen 
Pell. To each of the sonnes of William Donoby, sonno of my 
sister Ann Donoby xx^*. apeece, to be paid when 21. To every- 
one of the daughters of the said William Donoby xx". when 18. 
My executors to pay these sums within six yeares after my 
decease to William Donoby fox his children's benefits. To everyone 
of the sonnes of my sister Barbara Huntley xx marks, to be paid within 
six yeares after my decease. To Jane daughter of my said sister 
Barbara Huntley xx marks. To Valentyne Donoby, one other of 
sonnes of my aforesaid sister Ann Donoby, xx". To Anne Booth 


daughter of my siBter Aone Booth cP. to he paid when 21 or 
married. To John Nicholls aforesaid Ix^^. when 21 ; my executors 
maintaine and educate him till he he 13; then to hind him 
apprentice to some meete and conveniente trade. And I will he 
may he put to a more convenient maister and to a more convenient 
trade. They are to put xxx". of the Ix". into the hands of the 
maister with whome he shall he bound, so that the maister may 
enjoy the profit and use till he is 20 ; the maister putting in due 
security for repayment of the xxx**. My Executors are, at theS 
feast of Easter next after my decease, to put into the hands of the 
churchwardens of Sutterton the sum of v**. to be employed thus. 
They, and their successors for ever, shall yearlie freelie lend and 
putt forth the said v^. equally divided into three parts into the 
hands of the poorest and most needfull men of Sutterton for one 
whole yeare and so from yeare to yeare at the discretion of the 
Churchwardens of the said towne, the said poore men putting i^^ 
sufficient security for the repayment of the said money. The 
residue of my goods etc. I leave to Thomas and John Baker 
aforesaid to be equally divided between them, and make them 
Executors. I intrete John Booth of Eame in the County of 
Lincoln, my brother in law, to be supervisor. 

Prob. at Lincoln 15 Sept. 1614 by John Baker; power reserved 
to Thomas Baker. 

Personalty sworn 1094U. 8s. 1 Id. 

The Bon of John MasaiDgberd (who was the 4th son of Aagnitine ICaaBingberd of 
Bratoft) by his wife Dorothy daaghter of Sir Robert Hnssey. Ent., of Linwood. His sisters 
Edith and Anne beoame his co-heirs. His widow Anne ICassingberd (probably) married 21y. 
Richard Welby of Spalding. Mar. Lie. dated 6 Jone, 1617. 



The 17th June 1614. I Alice Welbie of Denton in the county 
of Lincoln, widoe, sick in bodie etc. My mynd ys that my bodie 
be buried in ye parish Churchyarde of Denton at ye East End of 
ye ChancelL I geve to Robert Wyng one bee hive with ye bees 
therein, and unto his thre sons iijs., and unto his tow daughters 
unmaryed tow shepe. To my daughter Mary browne one Ewe and 
a Lambe. To Thomas Marty n of Wellingor one Ewe and Lambe. 
To my son William Welbie's children every one of them a shepe, 
and I give more unto his son William one little spite. To my son 
Austyn Welbie one shepe, and to his wife one little pan. To Allen 
Lenton one Saltcellar, one Candlesticke, my Coverlaid wrought 
with blewe and greene which I weare upon my bed etc. To George 
Welbie my great huche in ye newe chamber etc. To Anne Welbie 
my son WilHam Welbie's daughter my Arke in ye parlour etc. To 
my son Thomas Welbie my great brasse pott etc. To my son 
William Welbie and unto Judith his wife my best beddlelinge etc., 


104 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

and ij shepe. To Mary Gounbie one paire of harden etc. To my 
son Thomas Welbie's wife one linen aperne etc. To my Gounbie 
(^c.) a coate ; and to Margery Elson an olde coate etc. To Agnes 
Sneath iiijd. Eesidue to my son William whom I make sole 
executor, and soe ye lord have mercy on me. 

Prob. at Grantham 8 Nov. 1614 by Ex'. 

Personalty sworn 9**. 7s. Od. 

Her husbaiid'i will has been giyen. 


The 30th Dec. 1615. I Downhall Burges of Sutterton in the 
parts of Holland and County of Lincoln, gent, sicke in bodye etc. 
My bodye to be buried in the earthe Whereas I am indebted unto 
divers and several persons, and that unto a greater valine that my 
goods will extende for the dischargeinge of, that therfore whatsoever 
lands and leases eyther of coppyhould and freehoulde I am any 
wheare possessed of within this kingdom, they shall all be soulde 
for the honeste paymente and dischargeinge of all such some and 
sommes of moneye as I doe justly owe unto any person. Now for 
the better effecteinge and doinge herof my earneste desyer is that 
my right trustie and welbeloved brother in la we Robert Buttler of 
WapooU in the county of Norfolk, gent, and my like righte trustie 
and welbeloved brother Mr. Richarde Drurye of London, haber- 
dasher and my moste assured and worthye good friende Thomas 
Welby of Moulton, esquire, woulde be pleased att this my earneste 
and laste intreatye to take upon them as fdendes in truste to make 
sale of all suche goods lands and leases as I am any wheare at this 
presente possessed of, etc. And whatsoever of the said moneys soe 
receaved for the said lands and goods be lefte remayneinge, my will 
is that it be equallye divided between my two sonnes John and 
Roberte Burges. Further I desyer my beforenamed frendes to be 

Prob. at Lincoln 18 March 1615. Admon. given to Richard 
Drury ex'., powers reserved to the others. 

There is a small pedigree of Barges giyen in the Vis. of Lino, for 1592. Possibly tiie 
testator belonged to the same family. 



The 9th Oct. 1615. I William Palmer of Swabie in the 
Countie of Lincoln, weake of body etc. My bodie to the earthe 
from whence it came, to be interred in the parish Church of Swabie. 
give towards the repaireing of the parish Church of Swabie xs. 
I give and bequeathe my land in Swabie being the thyrde parte of 
the widdowe hudson's farme to the maintenance of the pore in 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 105 

Swaby for ever, to be letten out by the parson and churchwardens 
of the said parishe of Swabie and the rent therof to be distribute^^-^ 
to the afforesaid pore according to their discretions. Item to my 
mother x". To Anne Atkinson xiij". xiijs. iiijd. in full satisfaction 
of all former legacies, to be paid to the hands of my brother John 
Palmer to be put out for her use. To everie one of my servants vs. 
To the pore of the parishes of Maltbie, Beesby and Tetford to eche 
of them xs., to be distributed according to the discretions of the 
ministers and churchwardens of eche of those parishes. To my 
brother John Palmer a newe sute of apparrell. To my ffather 
Hansard v". and to my mother Hansard xls. To my brother John 
Palmer's wife xxs. and to her sonne Edward xxs. To my unckle 
Wallesbie's fower children xs. apiece. To my daughter Margaret 
one half of all my householde. Eesidue of my goods to my twoe 
children to be equallie divided betweene them. To Mr. Balgay the 
parson fyve strike of malte that he oweth unto me. To Mr. 
Mapletofte of North Thoresby xls. Witnessed by Paul Balgay. 

Memorandum. That William Palmer did, the day and year 
abovewritten, will and bequeath unto his wief the other half of his 
householde goodes and did make her sole executrix. 

Witness George Dyer, clerk. 

Prob. at Louth 24 Oct. 1615 by Ex^. 

Personalty sworn 888". 5s. lOd. 

The testator is not easy to idoitify as the family of Palmer was widely scattered ; there 
were branches at Bargh-le-Marsh, Swaby, Winthorpe and Boston. The charitable bequest to 
the poor is not mentioned in White's Directory of Lincoltuhire. 



The 7th June 1615. I Eobert Hussey of Honington in the 
Countie of Lincoln, gentleman, sicke of bodie etc. My bodye to be 
buryed in the church of Honington (yf god be soe pleased). Whereas 
S' Edward Hussey my eldest brother oweth me which I have any 
secuerytie of him for c^\, and alsoe threescore and fifteene poundes 
more dewe unto me for use for the lend of the said c"., and use for 
the lend of fibureteene hundred pounds, which by his bonde the 
saide S' Edward oweth me, more. Nowe my will is and I doe 
hereby give unto the saide S' Edward the saide severall somes of 
c". and Ixxv"., the saide S' Edward acceptinge of the same in full 
discharge of all the money I owe him (which ys about xxx". for 
phisicke), and sufficiently discharginge my executors therof. Item 
I heareby give unto the said S' Edward to be deducted, allowed, or 
payd, of the said bond of xiiijteen hundred pounds, which the said 
S' Edward oweth me, more than the twoe severall somes before by 
me given him, the some of ffoure hundred pounds, yf the said 
S' Edward Hussye doe give unto Charles Hussey, esq. my second 

106 LlKCOmSHiRE WILLS, 1600-1617 

brother, within tenne weekes next after the daye of my deathe such 
good and safBcient secuerytie as the said Charles well liketh of, for 
payment of one Thousand pounds, (Residewe of the saide some of 
the saide bonde of xiiijteene hundred pounds) to be payed unto the 
saide Charles Hussey his heires etc. at the full ende of twoe yeares 
nowe nexte ensewinge. (Sir Edward to enter into a bond to pay 
interest at rate of 10 per cent, to Charles Hussey during the two years). 
Item I give unto my twoe Sisters, the saide S' Edward and Charles 
Hussey theire weiffs, eyther of them xx**. to be paid within six 
months after my deathe. To Mrs. ffrances Stallon xxx^\ to be paid 
within one yeare. To ffrances Stallon her sonne, :s}K to be paid 
within one yeare. To Leonarde Townesende x^. which by bonde 
he oweth me ; his bonde to be delivered to him to be cancelled 
within one fortnight after my deathe. I bequeath towards the 
buyeinge of a Chussen cloth for the saide churche of Honington xs. 
To Henry Bayner, my servant, to put him apprentice to some trade 
iij^*. To sixteene of the poorest ffamilies or householders in Hon- 
ington, to be equally divided between them, xvjs. Residue to my 
brother Charles Hussey whom I make executor. I make John 
Palmer of Carlton Scroop and William Peachell of Normanton, in 
the County of Lincoln, gentlemen, Supervisors, and give either of 
them a ffrenche crowne. 

Prob. at Lincoln 18 Sept. 1615 by Exr. 

Personalty sworn 1600". 

A yonnger son of Sir Charles Haaaey, Ent., of Honington. 



The nth Aug. 1608. I Margaret Bowls of Houghton within 
the parish of Grantham in the County of Lincoln, widdow, weake 
in bodye etc. My bodye to the earthe from whence it was taken, 
in an assured hope that bodye and soule at the generall resurrection 
shalbe joyned togeather and be made partakers of etemall glory. 
To my Sonne Richard Bowls a dooble spurre royall i.e, a peece of 
gold of thirtye shillinges, and to his three sonnes, xs. apeece to buy 
every one of them a silver spoone ; and to his three daughters to 
every one of them a quye two yers old, and likewise to everyone of 
them xs. to buy a silver spoone; and I give to Katherine his 
daughter my great pann and the half of all my Linning, that is to 
say sheets and naperie in my chist standing at my beds feete. To 
my Sonne John Bowls a spurre royall, i.e. a peece of gold of fifteen 
shillings and to his wieff an Angell of gold, my silke grogram 
gowne, my flannill peticoate and my Kirtle of wrought velvet, and 
to the daughter of my said sonne John I give a quie two yeres old, 
and xs. to buy a spoone ; and to his three sonnes xs. apeece to buy 
each a silver spoone. I give further to his sonne John my little 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 107 

cubberd and the six pounds which S' Edward Dymock oweth me, 
to be put forth for his use by his father and my sonne in law 
Thomas Awdley tUl he is 21. Wheras Mris. Porter of the grainge 
by Grantham oweth me xls, I will that after the payment therof , 
xs. be given unto the church of Grantham, and the rest to Thomas 
Awdley, my sonne in law, to whome also I give xs. in gold. To 
Arthur Awdley his sonne I give the other half of my Linninge in 
my cheist at my bedsfeete, also a peece of gold of xxs. and my 
gold Einge. To James Hanson parson of Stroxton an half Angell. 
To my lAdye Conye of Northstoake my french hood and will that 
uppon the payment of xxxs. she shall have her silver salt which 
was pawned unto me delivered her againe. To William Wilkes' 
wieff of Boston, my sister's daughter, my best cloath gowne, and 
my second petticoate. To Richard Graye's wieff, sister to the said 
Wilkes* wiefF, my stuff gowne. To Sirach Badger's wieff my goune 
and hatt which I ware everye day. Wheras my sonnes Richard 
and John Bowls doe owe me divers somes of money, for anuity and 
otherwise, I doe freely forgive them aU debts and dutyes whatsoever. 
Wheras there have beene certayne debts, reckonings, and Accompts 
betweene my sonne in law Thomas Awdley and me since my 
cominge unto him and duringe the time of my maintenance with 
him I do hereby acknowledge myself fullie sattisffed, contented, 
and paid, and doe acquite him and his heires etc. Residue to 
Arthur Awdley, sonne of the said Thomas Awdley, whome I make 
full executor. 

Memorandum. All legacies above mentioned to be paid within 
one month after my buriall. Thomas Awdley to see the same 
discharged. The legacies bequeathed to the children of my sonnes 
Richard and John Bowls and Thomas Awdley to be put forth 
till they are 21 by the respective fathers joyntly. I make James 
Hanson, parson of Stroxton, supervisor. 

Prob. 26 July 1616 at lincoln by Thomas Awdley Ex'. 

I cannot identify this testatrix, bnt the Andleys mentioned were probably connected with 
those of that name at Welbonrn and Hough. 



The 25th Oct. 1612. I Edward Lacon of Tetney in the County 
of Lincoln, gentleman, healthefull and sounde in bodie, etc. ; and 
att this present consideringe with myself e how weake and brickell 
the state of man's liefe is in this worlde, and nott knowinge howe 
shortely it shall please the Lord to call me to his mercie, I doe at 
this verie daye ordaine and make etc. My bodie to be buried in 
the earthe whence it was, in what place soever it shall please the 
Lord to call me, whether it be in Churche or Churcheyard it is not 
materiall. To the poore of the cittie of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. To the 


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108 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

repayringe of the church of Tetney xxs. To the repairinge of the 
Causeys and churchewayes in Tetney xls. And the towne to bring 
stone and sand, and to pave y tt by yarde with some sufficient worke- 
man. To be soe bestowed within twoe yeeres after my deathe, which 
if it be not so employed, this my bequest to be void etc. To the towne 
y^i Tetney v". which shalbee yeerelie putt forth unto fifteteene of 
the poorest Cottagers by the ministers, churchwardens, and overseers 
of the poore, and to lend ytt them for iiijd. for everie noble yeerelie, 
whiche Interest money mye will is shall yeerelie be bestowed in 
paving and repairinge of the highe wayes to the churche, otherwise 
it shall be freelie lent them, and no one to have it above one yeere 
together, and theie to putt in two sufficient suerties to paie ytt at 
N^he yeere's ende etc. To the poore in North Cotes xs. To the poore 
of Cleethorpes xxs. To the poore of Houlton vs. To the poore of 
Waithe iijs. iiijd. To the poore of great Grimesbie xls. To the 
poore of greate Cotes, Waltham, Thoresbie, and ffulstowe, to everie 
towne vjs. viijd. to be paid unto them at Christmas or Easter which 
shall happen nearer my deathe and to be divided by the minister, 
churchwardens, and overseers of the poore some Sabothe daie 
ymediatlie after it be received, and mye executor to see it performed. 
To Eicharde Odlinge, vicar of Tetneye, xls., and to his wief Marie 
Odlinge xxs. To Edward Odlinge his sonne xxx"., when 21 ; my 
executor to pay yeerelie to his mother, at Mayday, xls. till he receive 
his portion. To James Bland xxx^. to be paid within towe yeeres 
after my deathe. To Ambrose Burrett for his paines taken in my 
service iij". vjs. viijd. To Thomas homcastle xls. To Eichard 
Eichardson xls. etc. To my brother ffrauncys Lacon x". and to 
everie of his children iij". vjs. viijd. To mye sister Anne Lacon xs., 
and to Marie Lacon, my brother John's daughter iij^. vjs. viijd. ; 
all which legacies to be paid within one yeere. To mye wiefe I 
give cccR, and she to have her abode with mye executor for one 
yeere after my deathe withoute payinge for her table or house roome, 
and her money to be paid her at the yeere's ende. To Mawdlen 
Shepherd xxs. and to everie one of my other servants, not named, 
vs. To Elizabeth Grantham of Skarborough xxs. To Thomas 
Lacon, mye sonne, cccl^. to be paid within one yeere, and my 
executor to pay him meanwhile everie quarter of the yeere x^ for 
his mantenance at a universitie or otherwise. Mye will is he shall 
still be directed by Mr. Allen of Ludbrughe. To my daughter 
Christian Lacon ccc^. to be paid to my wief, for her use, who shall 
have the government of her and her portion ; and if she will not 
be ruled by my wief but marrie without her consent, then my will 
is she shall have but cc^. and the other c^. be at the disposition of 
my wief. To mye cosen Anne Lacon xs., and to mye godsonne 
John Lacon, her sonne, an ewe, and a Lambe ; and to everie of her 
other children vs. To my cosen Lion Lacon and John Lacon xxs. 
apiece. To Mr. David Allen iij^^. vjs. viijd. Also my desier is 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS. 1600-1617. 109 

that there maye be at my funerall a dale of godlie exercise and 
prayer performed by mye good friends, Mr. Odlin, Mr. Humf rey of 
Graynesbie, and Mr. Allen of Ludbrugbe whome I wish may make 
the Conclusion Sermon, and to be performed in the Churche of 
Tetney for the comfortable Instruction of those that shalbe then 
present, and I give them for their paines xs. apiece. And my will 
is that their be provision made the same daye at the house of 
William Thimblebie for sixe or seaven mease of men, and he to 
have for his charge therof v^^. if he be in the towne at the time of 
my deathe. Residue to my brother John Lacon whom I make sole 
executor. I make my good frendes and Cosens, Mr. William Lacon, 
Mr. Lyon Lacon, and Mr. Allen of Lndbrughe supervisors. And I 
give them power to take bondes of mye executor for the trewe 
performance of my will. And for the better inducinge of those that 
shalbe appointed to valewe my goods I have hereunto annexed an 
Inventarie of all my goodes and Cattell, with a note of the debts I 

And lastly of all Christian Love and favour I doe desier my 
wief, my Executor, or Executors and overseers of this my will to 
deale bothe faithfullie and trustelie with mye children, and to see 
this mye will performed accordinge to mye mynde and meaninge, 
and thus at this tyme I finishe and ende this mye will beinge all 
of ytt written with mye owne hand^ desieringe the Lord of his 
greate mercie to preserve me bothe in Lief and deathe, and 
beseechinge him alsoe to blesse mye wief, and bothe mye children, 
that theie maye alwayes live here in his feare that theie maye 
die in his favour. In trewe testimonie whereof I have hereunto 
everie Leafe sett mye hande and scale etc. 

Memorandum. 26 March 1615. Edward Lacon of Tetney, 
gent., beinge then sicke in body but of sound and perfect remem- 
brance, called his wife Mary Lacon unto him, and tellinge her where 
his last will and testament did remaine, and willed her to fetch the 
same unto him ; who accordingly did fetch it. She said Edward 
Lacon caused it to be redd and after the readinge thereof did publish 
it as his last will and testament with these revocations and altera- 
tions foUowinge, viz., nuncupatively he said, and declared, and badd 
his executor John Lacon to write it downe ; that whereas he had in 
his aforesaid will given unto the wife of one Eichardson his servant 
xs., he willed the same to be blotted out because she was deceased. 
Likewise whereas he had given unto Christian Lacon his daughter 
ccc^., forasmuch as his said daughter is married, and he gave her in 
marriage c^., he therefore revoked his former gift, and gave her as 
followeth, viz., he gave unto her husband c^^., and forasmuch as her 
said husband Thomas Covell hath not abilitie to make her any 
certaine joynture or estate whereon to live if he should die before 

110 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

her, be therefore bequeathed another c^. to the said Mary his wife 
to be imployed by his wife for the benefit of his daughter Christian 
Covell during her natural life, and after her decease the whole c^. 
to go to the children of the said Christian Covell. Lastly, whereas 
in his will he had appointed that upon the day of his funerall 
William Thimblebie of Tetney, if he were then liveinge, should 
provide six or seaven messe of meate for the entertainment of such 
as should assemble to his funerall, and should have for his charges 
v^., this bequest he whollie revoked etc. Witnesses Mary Lacon, 
John Lacon, Thomas Lacon. 

Prob. at Lincoln 26 July 1615 by John Lacon Ex^, and at 
C.P.C. 9 May 1615 (43 Rudd). 

Personalty sworu 2904^^. 7s. 6d. 

In the VlB. of Lino, for 1692 a Lacon pedigree 1b given, but meagre and insnfflcient. 
There were two branches, at Tetney and at Homberstone. The testator by his Ist wife Bliaa- 
beth Trowsdalehad issue Thomas, his heir, and Christian who married (mar. llo. 14 Feb. 1618) 
Thomas Oovili of Great Steeping, yeoman. The 2nd wife was Mary, dati^hter of John Wright 
of Skipton in Craven. The will mentions various Laoons not to be found in the Visitation 



The 3rd Sept. 1615. I Elizabeth Thomson of Manby in the 
parish of Braughton in the Countie of Lincolne, widdow, sicke in 
bodie etc. My body to the earthe from whence it came. To my 
verie lovinge brother Mr. Bichaixl Eothwell xxs. To my cozen 
William Eothwell, his sonne, xxs. To my daughter Davenporte 
xxs. and to Elizabeth Sharrard her daughter and my goddaughter 
xx^., and to all the rest of my daughter Davenporte's children x^. 
apiece, to be paid when 21, by their father out of the money which 
is remayninge in his hands specified in ij bonds bearing date the 
last of Auguste before the date herof. To my daughter Lyme xxs., 
my best gowne and Kirtle, and a little truncke. To John Lyme, 
my godson, xx^^ and to William Lyme, his brother, x^^ To my 
daughter Ingram xxs., my next best gown and my newest hatt. 
To Elizabeth Ingram, her daughter, my goddaughter xx^. and the 
rest of her children x^. apiece, to be paid within ij months after my 
decease. The acquittance of Roger Ingram, their father, shall be a 
lawefuU discharge to my executors. To my daughter Cotton xxs. 
and the rest of my apparrell unbequeathed. To Elizabeth her 
daughter, my goddaughter, xx% and the rest of the children x". < 

apiece, to be paid within ij yeares. The acquittance of Faule Cotton, 
their father, to be a discharge to my executors. To Elizabeth 
Kytchen, my goddaughter, xxs.» and aJl my land and pasture in 
Wibberton in Holland to her and the heires of her bodie. To 
Thomas Wytton xs. and to Tabitha his daughter x**. when 21 or 
married. To Katherine Markham xxs. To Dorothy Greyson vs. 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 1 1 1 

To the poore of Gawdby xxs. ; to the poore of Braughton xs. To 
Anne Tooley vs. I make Roberte Davenporte esq. and William 
Lyme, my sonnes, executors. 

Prob. at Boston 27 Oct. 1615 by William Lyme. Power 
reserved to the other Ex'. 

Th6 widow of Robert Thompaon of Gantby, whose will baa been given. Her daughter 
Bnsan, who had married 1 et Bdmnnd Sberard of Bracken Bnd in Woodhall, married 21y Robert 
Davenport (see Will of Sherard already given). The testatrix seems to have been a Rothwell 
by birth. 



The 29th May 1612. I Henry Skynner of Bollingbrooke in 
the Conntie of Lincoln, Esquier, sicke in bodie etc. I will my 
bodie to be buried accordinge to the laudable use and custome of 
all fiedthfull christians. To the poore of Bollingbrooke xxs. To 
every servante that shall dwell with me at my death xs. To my 
cozen Mr. William Skynner, my brother's sonne, my beste geldinge. 
To my well beloved wife Anne, my daughter firancis Edwards, and 
my daughters Marie, Anne, and Judeth, all my household stuff, 
plaite, goods etc., to be divided equallie in five parts. Item to my 
wife Anne all my messuages, lands etc. in Bollingbrooke, both 
freehold and customary, for her natural life, on condition that if 
she commit any wilful waste, spoil or destruction then my said 
bequest is void, and my daughters are to take the said lands etc. on 
which the wilful waste or spoil is committed. After the death of 
my said wife I will and devise the said lands as follows ; to my 
daughter ffrancis Edwards and her sons Henry and John Edwards 
my principal messuage in Bollingbrooke, which I now dwell in, 
known by the name of white howse, with all orchards, gardens etc. ; 
howse and Courte called the Inne Walker Crofte, a peece of waste 
land in the orchard sometyme a narrowe lane, and the newe 
orcharde etc., all the greene Courte and the gardens on the East 
side of the said white house etc., being all the severall coppyhoulds ; 
my pasture called Claxbie close with a dove cote and fishe ponds 
extending from Boston highewaye on the east unto a crofte called 
Morrell crofte etc. ; my messuage called Ballet Tofte ; my messuage 
wherein my cozen Tupholme dwelleth called Rose howse, etc., etc. 
Item to my daughter Marie Skynner and her heires forever (divers 
lands and tenements) ; to my daughter Anne Skynner and her 
heires forever, all my house at the weste ende of the market place 
in Bollingbrooke and divers lands, pastures etc. To my daughter 
Judeth all my coppyhoulds in Harebie, also c". when 21 or married; 
if my brother S' Vincent Skynner shall pay Ix". to my executor, 
the said Judeth shall have the money when she is 21 or married. 
If she die before, then the portion I have bequeathed shall be 
divided among my daughters frances Edwards, Elizabeth Tirkington, 

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112 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Marie Skynner, and Anne Skynner. I also order and appoint that 
Mr. John Cooke of North Somercotes who is to matche and marry 
with mye daughter Anne shall have to him and. his heires forever 
all my freehould land in Harebie etc., etc. Provided the said Mr. 
John Cooke and his heires shall forever free and discharge all my 
lands in Bullingbrooke for the payment of v^^ which is due to be 
paide to the schoole of Bullingbrooke out of my lands there. 
Item I do devise to my brother S"" Vincente Skynner, Knighte, and 
his heires certain lands in Hareby etc., and the advowson of the 
parsonage of Hareby, all which I lately purchased of him, on 
condition he pay to my executors the sum of Ix^*. within six 
months of my decease, which said sum I have already paid for my 
said brother unto Margery Neale of Homcastle, deceased, or else 
this gift is utterly void and I give it to my daughters ffrancis 
Edwards, Elizabeth Tirkington, Marie, Anne, and Judeth Skynner. 
Item I give to Mr. Thomas Tirkington, my sonne in la we, and his 
heires forever all my land which he hath inclosed in a close of his 
above Eockliffe hurne in the north feild of Bullingbrooke. Item I 
have made surrender of all my customary messuages, lands etc. in 
Bullingbrooke and Hareby into his majestie's hands by Vincent 
Knowles in the name of one Grave in the presence of Eichard 
Smith, gent, (and otlers) tenants of the said severall Courts etc. 
I make Anne my wife sole executrix. My sonne in lawe Mr. 
Roger Edwards and Mr. Pawle Cooke of North Somercotes, 
supervisors. If my wife refuse to be executrix I appoint my said 
Sonne in lawe Mr. Eoger Edwards, and give him a geldinge 
and xx^*. 

Prob. at Lincoln 3 April 1615. Admon. given to Frances 
Edwards wife of Eoger Edwards of Bullingbrooke, gent., daughter 
of deceased, the executrix Anne having died without administering. 
And at C.P.C. 7 Aug. 1612, 74 (Fenner). His personalty sworn 
at 40s. The admon. of Anne Skynner, relict of Henry Skynner, 
was given to the said Frances Edwards. Personalty sworn lOU*. 
7s. 3d. 

The son of John Skinner and brother of Sir Vincent Skinner, Knt , of Thomton-CnrtiB. 
The only daughter mentioned in the Vis. pedigree of 1562 is Frances Bdwards. Tirkington 
ought probably to be Torkington. 



The 16th Jan. 48th Jac. L I William Eadley of Yarburgh in 
the Countie of Lincoln, esquire, etc. My bodie to be buried in the 
South Quiere of the Church of Yarburghe. To Lincoln minster 
ijd. To the church of Yarburgh xs. to the repayringe therof. To 
the poore of Yarbrough xxs. To the poore of Alvingham xs. To 
my lovinge wife Anne Eadley cc^. in goods or in money, at her 
election. To my daughter Anne Eadley d^^. when 18, or married, 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 113 

to be allowed yearly meanwhile 1^., my executor to enter into bonds 
for the payment thereof. If my said daughter die before 18 or 
marriage, then I will that cc^. of her portion go to my daughter 
Mussendine for the use of her children ; viz., c". for the use of her 
daughter Ann Mussendine ; and c". for the use of her sons WiDiam 
and Edward Mussendine. And also other cc^*. to be paid to my 
daughter Ellis for the use of her two daughters Jane and Ann 
Ellis. And the remaining c^*. I give to the firste childe of my sonne 
Henry Kadley. To Anne Kadley my lovinge wife for the term of 
her naturall life all my lands, tenements etc. in Yarburgh and 
Alvingham, not formerly assured to my sonne Henry Radley or his 
wife, with my dwelling-house etc. ; and after her death to my said 
sonne forever. My wife shall not fell, cutt down, toppe or loppe 
any ashe, oake, or apple tree growing upon the said premises, save 
for necessary repairs etc., nor to make any waste of the thome 
hedges by cutting them at unseasonable tymes. If my sonne Henry 
will confirm this devise to my wife, she shall make a general release 
of her thirds etc., otherwise the devise is void. To my daughter 
Elizabeth Mussendine to buy a peece of plate x^. To my daughter 
ffrances Ellis to buy a peece of plate x^*. To Ann Mussendine my 
grandchilde c^\ when 18. To William Mussendine my grandchild 
and godson c^^. to be paid to his father, William Mussendine, 
within four years after my death, to be put forth to his use till he 
is 20, and the use to be yearly paid to him towardes his maintenance. 
His father to put in bonds for the same. To William Ellis my 
grandchild and godson c^. when 18. To fficancis Mussendine my 
grandchild x^^. a year, for his life, to be paid out of my lease and 
prebend of Caistor. To William Simcotes, my godson, iiij^. a year 
to be paid out of the prebend of Caistor, if Henry and and Anne 
Radley, and William Mussendine, so long live. To Edward, 
Debora, and Richard Mussendine, my grandchildren, xl^. apiece, 
when 20. To Jane and Anne Ellis, my grandchildren, 1^*. apiece 
when 18. To my brother Simcotes an amblinge graye geldinge 
which was bredd of a mare of Mr. Johnson's, parson of Yarbui^h, 
or x^. in money, whether he will choose. To my brother Hayward 
a biace of old angells. To S"^ Robert Paine, my brother in lawe, a 
double duckett in remembrance of my love to him ; and likewise a 
double duckett to my Lady his wief . To my sister Hayward a 
brace of angells, and my cosen William Wesselhead a brace of 
angells. To my brother Richard Smith a brace of angells, if he 
overlive me, and my nephew Robert Smith an Angell. To Robert 
Bennet, parson of Yarburgh, a brace of Angells. To Olive 
Yarburgh, my goddaughter, v marks, when married. To my cosen 
John Yarburgh, my servante, xls. a year for life out of the prebend 
or parsonage of Caistor. To Elizabeth daughter of John Yarburgh, 
V markes, when married. To Stephen Yarburgh, my godson, v^. 


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to put him out an apprentice, and other v^. to Charles Yarburgh 
son of my cosen John Yarburgh, to put him out an apprentice. 
To my daughter Mary "Radley, my silver tankard. To my wife 
Anne Eadley my lesser guilte salte, and the mylne which her 
mother gave her, and a dozen of silver spoones, and a white silver 
boule, and the mazer cupp sett in silver. Alsoe I give unto my 
wife one half of all my houshold stuffe within my dwellinghouse 
savinge my brewinge vessells, and the lead, which I give to my 
wife for her life to use and to leave them for heire lomes. And 
excepte all the furniture of and in the greate chamber over the 
parler, and the brasse landirons, and the great landirons in the 
parler, and the bedd and bedstead in the greate chamber with the 
best furniture thereto belonginge, and alsoe the table in the 
beste chamber with the best carpett, and also all the sealing 
both in the parler and in the chambers with the greate forme 
and benches; all which I give to my wife to use for life, and 
to remayne as heire homes. And excepte one wrought chaire and 
the two stooles, likewise wrought, in the chamber over the dyninge 
parler, and a damaske tableclothe and a dozen of damaske napkins 
likewise, which I give to my wife. And I give to my cozen John 
Newcominge, in remembrance of my love to him, an olde Angell ; 
and to Charles Yarburgh of Louth an olde Angell. To every one 
of my servants vjs. viijd. Kesidue to son Henry Radley whom I 
make sole executor ; William Mussendine and George Ellis my sons 
in law supervisors ; to each of whom I give x^. 
Prob. at Lincoln 31 Oct. 1616 by Ex^ 

The son of Thomas Radley by Bridget, danghter of Charles Yarborongh of Yarborongh. 
He married Anne, daughter of William Symcotes of Loath. His son was Knighted at 
Newmarket, 1616, and compounded for his estate, paying to the Parliament £180. The 
Badleys disappear after the Commonwealth. 



The 22nd Nov. 1614. I Thomas Archer one of the Combur- 
geses of the towne of Grantham in the countie of Lincoln, weake in 
bodie etc. My bodie to the earthe whence it came in the Church 
or Ghancell soe near my lovinge wife as maybe, to the discretion of 
executor, with the consent of the vicars ; from whence my trust is 
that at the generall day of resurrection, it shall rise againe an in- 
corruptible bodie, and see the glorious cominge of my Saviour 
Christe, and have the joy full sentence of come yee blessed, and be 
made partaker of that heavenly kingdome which is prepared for all 
true believers. I give towards the repaire of the Cathedrall Church 
of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. Towards the repaire of the parishe church of 
Grantham xls. To the poore of the said towne v". And whereas 
heretofore I purchased of S' Edmund Bussy, then esq. and nowe 
knighte, the capitall messuage in Grantham wherein I nowe dwell, 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 115 

with certain other tenements etc., in which conveyance S"^ Edmund 
Boald unto me one little cottage in Church-lane, wherein, contrary 
to his knowledge, he had no title, soe that I was enforced to pur- 
chase the same of one John Allen, gent., etc., all which said premises 
I Thomas Archer and Margaret my then wife did convey to feo- 
ffees to the use of ourselves for our natural lives, and then to the 
use of George Archer my son and Ann his wife and their heirs, in 
which conveyance the said cottage was conveyed ; but forasmuch 
as I was enforced to purchase it again I give it to John Archer son 
of my son George Archer and his heirs. I give to my said son 
George the lease I have of the parsonage and tithes of Skillington 
which I hold by divise and grant of Thomas Harris of the Baile of 
Lincoln, doctor in Phisick. To my younger son Thomas Archer my 
lease of the tithes of the south and north prebends of Grantham. 
All my moveable goods, plate, jewels etc. to be divided between my 
said two sonnes (exceptinge onely the waynscott portalls glasse 
fastened-irons and other antient irelomes belonging to the house in 
which I dwell which I give to George). I make my younger son 
Thomas sole executor. To Thomas Archer son of my son George 
xx^. when 21. To John Archer son of my son George xx^. when 
21. To Matthew Archer son of my son George xxx^*. when 21. 
To Elizabeth my son Georges* daughter x^. when 21 or married. 
To Anne, his daughter, xx^^ when 21 or married. To Eichard 
Archer son of my son Thomas xx^*. when 21. To Thomas Archer 
son of my son Thomas xx^^. when 21. To Judeth daughter of my 
son Thomas xx^. when 21 or married. My sons George and Thomas 
to enter into bonds for the payment of the said money. The bonds 
to be put into a box and deposited in the common hutch within the 
vault or vestrie of the Church of Grantham, A certificate of age to 
be given to the Alderman when my children come to their full age 
of 21. To Thomas Bichardson my sonne in law x^. To the 
children of William Davison of Cassopp within the Bishopricke of 
Durham, whoe married Alice my neece, one of the daughters of my 
brother John, vj". xiijs. iiijd. To the children of one Whitfield who 
married Anne another daughter of my said brother vj". xiijs. iiijd. To 
such children as my said brother had by his second wife vj". xiijs. iiijd. 
To my brother Conye Archer of Wappinge neare London 
vj^. xiijs. iiijd., and I forgive him what debts he oweth me, I doe^ 
give to the Alderman of the towne of Grantham, and the Burgesses, 
v^. to be bestowed upon a silver and guilte bowle or cupp to goe as O 
other the towne plate doth from Alderman to Alderman forever ; 
upon which Bowie or Cupp my will ia these words be engraven viz., 
the guift of Thomas Archer mie of the Comburgesea of the towne of 
Grantham, To Mr. Thomas Deane and Mr. Thomas Dilworth, tw^ 
vicars of Grantham, xxs. apiece. To Mr. Wilkinson nowe Schoole- 
master of the free schoole xxs. To my well beloved friend Mr, 

116 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Mathewe Stokes, fellowe of Gunwell and Keyes CoUedge in 
Camebridge my goulde ringe with the redd stone engraven, where- 
with I use to seale, to weare for my sake. My son George being in 
my house is to allow my son Thomas at my death to enter and live 
for a fortnight till an inventory be made. I charge my said sonnes 
of my blessinge and as they will answere before god that the one 
of them doe not goe about to crosse the other either by covetinge 
underectly to have or gaine more than is truly mente unto them. 
I make Supervisors my worshipfull good freind Nicholas Walker, 
doctor in divinitie and my welbeloved freind Mr. Edward 
Marrowe, one of the Comburgeses of Grantham. I give Dr. Walker 
whome I desire to make my funerall sermon xls. to make him a 
ringe, and Mr. Marrowe xxs. 

Prob. at Grantham 27 April 1615 by Ex'. 

Thia will is interesting solely on aoooant of the testator's position in life— a wealthy 
burgess of Qrantham. 



The 31st Jan. 1614. I Thomas Hall of Donington in the 
partes of Holland and Countye of Lincoln, gent., in perfect and 
good remembrance etc. My Bodye I commyt to the earth. To 
Thomas Hall my sonne and his heirs seven acres of pasture beiiige 
copiehould, as ys conteyned in the copie howlden of the manner of 
the right worshipftiU S"^ William Welbye, Knight, also one aker 
and a halfe of freehold in Donington purchased of William Wylbye. 
I have surrendered the said copie in Gednye. To my sonne 
Anthony Hall my copiehould lands in Byker conteyning twentye 
and four akers of land and pasture ; and eighteene and a half of 
medowe ; and threscore and eighteen Andens or gads which lye in 
a place called Byker Inge. The lands are held of the Eight Hon. 
the Erie of Exeter as of his maner of Beamont ffee in Byker. To 
George Hall, my father, all my estate and interest in a lease in 
Gednye of the Pawlett ffee purchased of Thomas Ogle, Esquire. 
Item I ordaine that Mary my wife have the government of my said 
two sons ; to see that they be vertuously brought up in leaminge 
duringe their age of syxtene or fyftene yeres at the least ; and that 
Mr. Alexander More mye wyfe's brother, and George Hall mye 
father shalbe Judges therein ; if they dislike the education it shall 
be in their power to take the children to their own government. 
To Anthony Hall, my brother, my lyttle white nagge. To my 
uncle Mr. William HaU xls. To my mother Thorold a pece of 
gould of xxijs. To Mr. William Thorold mye Brother in lawe 
xxijs. in gould. To mye Syster in lawe Mrs. Martha an angell in 
gould. To Mr. Godbye, Vyker of Ponington, xxs. (legacies to 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 117 

servants). I make Mr. Alexander More my Brother, and George 
Hall my father, supervisors. Eesidue to wife, my sole executrix. 
Prob. at Boston 9 May 1615 by Ex^ 

He had married twice ; Ist Frances, daughter of William Thorold of BarmertoD, by Mary 
Baldock his wife, and widow of Henry Camoek; 2ndly Mary More. 


The 16th Aug. 13th Jac. I. I Edward Goodricke of East 
Kirkbie in the County of Lincoln, esq., doe make and ordaine etc. 
fOirst I give and bequeath myself to the Lord whose I am and 
whome I have served and desire soe to doe. I give and bequeath 
my worldly goods to my sone Leon Goodricke, he allowinge to my 
daughter Washbourne out of my goods in Suffolke xxxv^., I havinge 
laid out to her use xv^. which makes up P*., over and above the 
cccc^. which is in S' Thomas Jermyn's hands of her portion. My 
sone is to pay all debts funerall expenses etc. I will that my 
daughter Alien have one of my beds furnished with a bedstead 
thereto which are in Suffolke. To my daughters Elizabeth, wyne- 
fryde, Hester and ffrancis, beinge all married, two Jacobuses each 
as tokens of my love. To my daughter Goodricke my hoope ringe 
which was my wive's. To my cosin Eichard Palframan the Ivis. 
he oweth me. To my godson Nathanaell Palframan xxs. To my 
servant John Tupholme xxs. over and above his wages which is 
liijs. iiijd. To Elizabeth Nayler x^*. when married. I will my said 
Sonne bringe up my grandchild Edward Willau till he be fitt to be 
made an Apprentice ; he to be bound to some honest man ; and I 
give with him x^. My gfandson John Goodricke shall have my 
mannor of Stickney when he shall be 22 years old. In the mean- 
time my cosin Eichard Palframan shall hould the same mannor by 
a lease parall payinge to my sonne Lion Goodricke a.pennie a yeare. 
All rentS'Of the said mannor shall goe to the payment. of the cccc^. 
for which I stand engaged on behalf of my daughter Goodricke. 
My cosin Eichard Palframan is to have the power to sell the said 
manor, if he thinks fit, for the purchasing of lands in Kirkby or 
elsewhere to the use of my said grandson John Goodricke, or towards 
the payment of the said cccc^. If my grandson die before he is 22 
without heirs male, then the manor is to go to the heirs male of the 
body of Lion Goodricke ; in default, to those of my brother Eichard 
Goodricke of Suffolk ; in default, to the heirs general of my son 
Lion Goodricke. Item I will that two dozen of the catechismes in 
meeter be given to soe many pore children in this towne or elsewhere, 
I make my sonne Lion Goodricke and my cosin Eichard Palframan, 

Prob. at Homcastle 25 Oct. 1615 by Eichard Palframan ex' 
power reserved to Lion Goodricke. 

See Vis. of Lincoln, 1662 for pedigree. 

118 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 



The 3rd Feb. 1616. The last will and testament of me Richard 
Whittingham of Boston in the County of Lincoln, flirste my 
body and Soule committed to god the ffather, and to our Lord 
Jesus Christ, my only Saviour and redemer, with suer and certaine 
hope of my resurrection to etemall life. To Mabell my wife a rent 
chargde of xl^^. out of my lands in Sutterton, during her naturall 
life yearly. Richard Whittingham of Sutterton to give my wife 
security for the payment. He to bear all chardge of the office of 
Inquisition of my lands in Boston and Sutterton, and on these 
conditions I give him all the said lands in Sutterton. If he refuse 
to give security for the rentchardge then he is to have only my 
copyhold lands in Sutterton, and my wife to have the remainder 
for her natural life ; and alter her death to go to said Richard 
Whittingham and his heirs. To my wife my mansion house in 
Boston, and tenements etc., which I bought of John Ballard and 
John Taylor, for her natural life, and then to my nephew 
Whittingham aforesaid; he paying to Kelholme Harry e and Hanna 
fibster, my sister's children, xx^. apiece within one year after my 
wife's death. Whereas my sayd mansion house is chardged by a 
Lawe of Sewars with a stayth, which yet unmaide, my will is yt 
when my wife shall make the- same, my said nephew Whittingham 
shall bring to ye sayd stay the soe much willowe and thorne or 
other wood from my lands at Sutterton as shall serve for the 
sufficient repayre and buildinge therof. My wife to keep the 
houses in necessarie repayres etc. She and her executors to leave 
the glasse in the windowes and the seelings and the doares, locks 
and the dressers etc. If my nephew refuse to give security for 
payment of rentcharge of xl^^. a year then the mansion house is to 
go to my wife and her heirs forever. To my wife my lease of 
pasture in Boston containing iiij acres called Broadfeild. To the 
poor of Sutterton v^. to be bestowed on two younge Kine the next 
springe after my deathe to be letten owte to two poore people of 
Sutterton for three years at a reasonable rent; the rent to be 
distributed among the poore of the saide towne by the Collectors 
and officers of the poore ; they to let the said Kine every third 
yeare to two other poore men. To the poore of Boston v^. ; iij^*. 
of it to be bestowed on the West side of the water, and ij^. on the 
East side. To John Cotton , Minister of Boston, xls., and I forgive 
him vj^. he oweth me. To Mr. Wooll and Mr. Wrighte, his 
assistance theare, xs. each. To Mrs. James of Boston, widdow, ^ 
xls. To Mr. Samuell Bedell and Mr. William Hall, preachers, 
xls. each. To Mr. ^S#man_BroadsJbreet„of Horbiing xxs., and to '^ 
his son Samuell xxs. Towardes the releife of poore sch oilers v^., 
to be paid to Mr. Cotton to be distributed by him. To Thomas 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 119 

Chappell of Boston xxxs. To William Claxton of Sutterton xxs. 
To my sister Hicks a xxs. peece of gould, and to my sister 
Massingberd ye like and to neice Whittingham ye like. To Thomas 
Harvy my sister's son x^^ To his brother Kelholme Harvy xx". 
and to his sister Ann Richards x^*., and to theare sister Margarett's 
child xls. To Hanna ffoster, my sister's daughter xx^*. To my 
lovinge Nephewe Mr. Rodger Quarles and to my neice his wife a 
peece of gould of xxs. each. To my nephew Mr. ffrancis Quarles 
xxs. To Mr. Ingoldsbie and his wife xxs. To Elizabeth Mellowes 
xxs. To my cosin Leonard Beetson xxs. My executrix my wife 
Mabell who is to pay all above legacies within one year. My body 
to be decently buryed. I make supervisors my lovinge frende Mr. 
Thomas Middlecott of Boston and my brother Hicks of Boston ; 
to each of whom I give xls. 

Prob. at Lincoln 6 March 1615 by Ex^ 

A brother of Bamch Whittinghom of Sntterton, whose Will has been giTen. The wife 
Mabel was the daughter of Francis Qnarles of Uilord, co. Northampton. 



The 22nd Sept., 1614. 1 James Standish of Dirrington in the 
Countie of Lincoln, gent., sicke in body etc. My body to be 
buried in the parish church of Dyrrington in such decente manner 
as shall seeme fit to myne executor. To my father John Standish 
my best cople of oxen all my turves and a lease etc. To my brother 
William Standish xxx^^ besides xv^. he oweth me, which I forgive 
him ; also my little blacke amblinge nagg. To my brother Thomas 
Standish xxxv^. To my brethren Richard and Robert Standish 
my interest in certain leases, to be equally divided between them on 
condition Richard forgives me ix^. I owe him ; and Robert x^^ I 
owe him. To my brother Hughe Standish xV*. To my brother 
George Standish xP^ To my brother Edward Standish Ixxx^^ To 
To my sister Brownlowe xx^*. To my sister £&rances Standish xxx^. 
To my sister the wief of my brother William Standish v^^. To my 
goddaughter Isabell Standish daughter of the said William, v^^. 
To my cosen Richard Standish of Ruskington vj^*. which he oweth 
me. To my good freind John Soolie of Little Rausbie one gould 
Ringe with a seale which nowe I have. To my worshipful! good 
freind Robert Woolmer, Esq., and to his two brethren Mr. Gregory 
and Mr. William Woolmer xxijs. each in gould to make a Ringe. The 
same to my cosen George Standish of Ruskington, my cosen James 
Standish of Ruskington, my uncle Stanley of Newarke, my cosen 
John Standishe of Newarke, my cosen John Standish of London, 
haberdasher, my good freind Mr. Launce Carr, servant to S' Edward 
Carr Knight and Baronett, and my good freind Mr. John Beckwith 
of South Kyme. To every servant in my father's house, both men 



120 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

and mayds, vs. To every one of myne own servants vs. To the 
poore of Dyrrington xiijs. iiijd. a year to be distributed on St. James' 
day, or five days after, by the minister and churchwardens, if it be 
demanded, in the south porch of the parish church of Dyrrington ; 
to be paid out of four acres of land lately purchased ; in case of 
non-payment the minister and churchwardens are to stand seized of 
\^e said land till all arrears be paid. To the poore of Euskington 
and Digby to either towne xs. To my brother Thomas Standish 
v^*. to be paid him on the 10th May, 1620. To my brother Richard 
Standish ix^*. at the same tyme. To my sister Brown lowe's children 
livinge at the tyme, v markes apiece. To my brethren, Richard 
and Robert, all my waines, plows etc. To my brethren Hughe and 
George v^. each to be paid on the 1 0th May, 1 620. To my goddaughter 
Isabell Standish, daughter of my brother William, v^. at the same 
time. To my sister ffrances one little table, half a dozen buffet 
stools and a fetherbed. To the repaire of the church of Dyrrington 
xs. To the minster of Lincoln xiid. Residue to my brother John 
Standish whom I make full executor. I make supervisors my cosen 
Richard Standish and William Panne, and give each xs. 

Prob. at Lincoln 20 Jan. 1615 by Ex'*. 

Personalty sworn 419^^ 6s. 4d. 

Nephew to James Standish of Rnskington, whose Will has been given. 



The 26th Feb. 1606. I Alexander Sowthaike of Waddington 
in the Countye of the Cittye of Lincoln, Clarke, etc. My sowle 
beinge the Lorde of all Lordes thorowe the righteousness of Christe 
Jesus and the merritt of his passion onely, my bodye I do bequeathe 
to the earthe from whence it came. To the poor people of Wadd- 
ington xxs. to be distributed amongst them, and my neighbours and 
townesmen of Waddington xls. to make them a dinner withall. To 
the parishe Churche of Waddington two Englishe bookes, that is to 
saye, Mr. Calvyn uppon Deutronemye and also upon Job to be maid 
fast with two iron cheanes to some places in the Churche there to 
remayne for ever. To Mary Dale my goddaughter xls. To Barbaray 
and Ann Sowthaicke, my daughters, cccc^^, when 21 or married. 
If my wife do marry againe I give to either of them F, more. My 
wife to have the education of my daughters and the profits of their 
portions for their bringing up. If eyther of my daughters shall 
marry without the consent and approval of my wife, S*" Hamonde 
Whichcott, Knighte, Mr. Cuthbert Dale, Mr. ffrauncys Pregion, 

Mr. Hanby and Mr. Leonard Carre my familiar freindes, or 

the mostparte of them, etc. then my daughter soe marryinge shall 
have but c^^, and the rest I give to her sister that will be ruled and 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 121 

submit herself to this my direction etc. And if that other sister 
he unrulye, I give the remainder to my wife. If my wife marry 
again she is to put In good security for paying my children's portions 
to the Common Chamber of Lincoln, or els pay the portions into it. 
If Mr. Maior of Lincoln and his twelve brethren shall be troubled 
therewith and take any paynes, I give them xls. for a dinner. 
Eesidue to my wife Ann, whom I msie sole executrix. Mr. Cuth- 
bert Dale and Leonard Carre, supervisors. 

Prob. at Lincoln 18 April 1606 (sic.) by Ex^ 

At Lincoln 19 March 1615 admon. granted to Barbara South- 
aicke, daughter of deceased, of goods not yet administered by the 
relict and Ex*. 


The 3rd July 13 Jac. I. I Davyd Hatclyflfe of Thorseway in the 
County of Lincoln, clarke, sycke in bodye etc. ; My bodye to be 
buryed wher yt shall please my Executor. To John HatcliflF, my 
sonn, all the mancyon house with all the other edyfyces and buildynp 
etc, the which I had given unto me by the last will of Chrystofer 
HatclyfPe, my fPather, the same being sytuat and lying in great 
Grymsbe, and nowe in the tenure and occupation of Thomas Sea, 
Burges, to my said sonn John and his heirs of his bodye, in default 
to be equally dyvyded betweene the children of Elizabethe, 
Judythe, and Dorothy, beinge the naturall children of his natural! 
systers, according to the true intent and purpose of the said 
Chrystofer's will. My wyffe An Hatclyffe to have, duringe the 
tyme of her wydowhead, all that my tennament or house which I 
bought of John Wolfyndayle in greate grymsbye ; if she die or 
marry again, then it is to go to my son John Hatclyffe for his 
natural life ; and then to Thomas Sea the younger, son to my 
daughter Judythe, to him and his heirs forever. All my tenement 
in great grymsby bought of one Smythe, I give to my sonn John 
Hatclyffe for his naturall life, and then to Davyd Ballowe son to 
my daughter Dorothy, and to his heirs. To Elizabeth Somarskayles, 
my granddaughter, v^*., when 20 or married. To Judythe Sea xxs., 
and to her son Thomas Sea xxs. To Dorothy Ballowe xxs. and 
to her son Davyd Ballowe xxs. and to Phoebe Ballowe her daughter 
xxs. To An my wyffe v". in mony which my brother John 
Wolfyndayle doth owe me ; also my flanders Cobbard, the table 
with the frame, and the longe settle the which ys in my howse in 
great grymsby where Mr. Thomas Sea inhabyteth, to have the 
Cobbard during her naturall life and after death my son John to 
have them all. Item wheras Mr. John Hatclyff of great Grymsby, 
Alderman, and my cosin, doth owe me vy**. xvs., dewe unto me for 
certayne years rents for the towne's mylne, I will he shall pay xxs. 


122 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

therof to Susan Dowson, and other xxs. to An Gylby, his grand- 
children, when married, and also xxs. to Elizabeth Hatclyffe his 
daughter. The od fyften shillinges I will have my cosin John to 
pay to George Hatclyffe, his sonne. The other iv^^. I give to my 
sonn John Hatclyffe. And wheras I am purposed to make John 
Hatclyffe my son to he my executor, because he ys best able to 
travel!, etc., I give all residue to him and my wife An jointly etc. 

Prob. at Lincoln 11 Dec. 1616 by Ex'*. 

Personalty sworn 1921*. 14s. Od. 

A icion of the family of Hatolifle of Hatdiffe then yexging to decay. 



The 20th Nov. 1615. I Wylliam Willimatt of Ruskington in 
the Countye of Lincoln, clarke, sicke in bodye etc. My bodye to 
the earthe in sure and certain hope of the resurrection therof. I give 
xls. to be distributed among the poore of Euskington according to 
a schedule annexed. To my son William my two English bibles, 
myne Acts and monuments of the last edition, my Communion 
booke, my christian souldiors lookeinge glasse, and three bookes of 
my owne writinge, printed and dedicated, two of them, to prince 
Henry e, and the third to my Right honorable patrone The Earle of 
Suffolke. The residue of my bookes I give to be employed as the 
residue of my goodes. To each of my servants iijs. iiijd. To each 
of my godchildren xijd. To my iiij daughters Sarah, Margaret, 
ffrances and Anne, to each of them an Englishe bible of the price 
of viis. or viijs. a peece. All my other goods and chattells etc. to 
wife Margaret, and my iij daughters Margaret, ffrances and Anne. 
Their portions to remain with their mother during her life unless 
she marry again. Bequest of lands and tenements in Ruskington 
to son William Willimatt ; the wife to pay all debts and legacies, 
and bring up the testator's iij youngest children till they are 16 ; 
bequest of land in Bicker to son James Willimatt. Finallie I the 
said William do give and bequeath etc. to James and Roger 
Willimatt my brethren all my right, title, estate, interest, which 
I have had in that messuage, lands, etc. in the mere in the 
Countye of Chester, wherein the said James and Roger do dwell 
etc. I make my wife Margaret sole executrix, and desire my 
very kinde well-willinge and worshipfuU freind Mr. Richarde 
Kinge of Ashbie in Com. Line, esquire, and my brother Richard 
Willimatt, and the minister whome god shall ordayne and appoynt 
to be my successour in the pastorshipp of the parish church of 
Ruskington, to be supervisors, craving alsoe the Industrie and 
paynes of my good neighbour and freind John Greene etc. By me 
William WiUymatt, 1614. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 123 

Schedule. — 10 Jan. 1614. To be affixed to this my last will 
and testament contayning the manner how the yearly rents of my 
lands in the said will mentioned are to be devised and disposed of, 
after the decease of myself and my wief, until my sones William 
and James Willimatt shall enter uppon their lands in Buskington, 

Prob. at Lincoln 19 Jan. 1616 by relict Ex*. 

The will is interestinir tram the reference to books and the fact that the testator was an 
author ; not a common thktg for a coontiy parson to be in the seventeenth century. 


The 22nd Dec. 1615 I Robert Hustwait of great Grymsbie, 
Burgesse. My bodye to be buryed within the church of great 
Grimsbie. To my daughter Judith the wife of Moses Cooke, v^., 
to be paid out of the house I bought of John flFetherbee. To Moses 
Cooke aforesaid xijd. and to each of his children xijd. To William 
Dalbie, clarke, of great Grimsbie, xs. To my daughter fOrancis 
Thorpe v". To Robert Thorpe xijd. To younge Robert Thorpe 
iijs. iiijd., and to his three sisters iijs. iiijd. apeece. To my sonne 
Michaell Hustwaite the shop next to the entry, and the grounde 
that lies upon the back side of David Wrag's shop, which the 
Cross wall doth set out. To Theodore Markham my godsonne vs. 
To my grandchild Dorothy x^*. to be paid out of the shop that 
joynes upon John ffetherbee his kitchen. To my daughter Susan 
xs. To the parish Church of great Grimsbie vs. Residue to my 
Sonne Leonard Hustwait whom I make full executor. I make my 
brother Edward Hustwait of Minningsbee and my cosen Tristram 
Smith of Awdbee grange, supervisors, and give them xxs. each. 

Prob. at Lincoln 5 Jan. 1615 by ex^ 

Personalty sworn 67". 12s. 6d. 

The Husthwaites seem to have been a family above the yeoman class, but apparently not 
of suflBcient standing to rank with the gentry in Visitations. They intermarried with the 
Wrights of Grimsby and the Smyths of Andby, and were seated at Little Goates and Bradley. 



The 23rd May, 1615. I Ann Armyne of the Close of the 
Cathedrall churche of Lincoln, widowe, being in good and perfect 
remembrance etc. My body to be buried in the Cathedral Churche 
of Lincoln neare unto my late brother Robert Dymoke, esquire, 
deceased. To the repayring of the said Cathedrall churche xls. 
To the poore of the Citty of Lincoln and the Close vj". To the 
poore of flFulletby xls. To my welbeloved Cosen Thomas Cracrofte 
of Burgh my gould chain e that was my late brother's Robert 

124 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Dymoke, esquire, and my double bell salte guilded that was my 
late brother's ; and two of my best silver pots with covers, and two 
silver bowles, and sixe silver spoones that was my late brother's ; 
and my seale ringe of gould; and threescore of my sheepe at 
ffriskney. To Elizabeth ffitzwilliams, wife unto my brother William 
ffitzwilliams, my coach and all the furniture belonging unto it, and 
my twoe coach horses. Item to Elizabeth my brother William 
ffitz William's eldest daughter my pearle borders. To Mary my 
brother's second daughter, my cheyne of gould which I doe usuallie 
weare myselfe. To Charles Bolle, esq., son of S*" John BoUe, 
knighte, deceased, my best diamond ringe that was his grandfather's. 
To my cosen Mrs. Luce Lamley x^. To my cosen Thomas 
Harrington, esq., xxs. in gould to make him a ringe. To my cosen 
Mrs. Alice Balgey xs. in gould to make a ringe, and I give her a 
gould ringe that her late husband gave me at his death. To my 
cosen Mrs. Jane Pell xs. for a ringe. To my cosen Mrs, Anne 
Arnold xs. for a ringe, and I forgive her x^*. her husband borrowed 
of me. To my sister Anne ffitzwilliams my white enamiled borders, 
and two silver boules ; two silver beakers, twelve silver spoones, my 
greate silver salte, and the cover of it, and one silver saulte with a 
cover which is a little one, and my silver sugar boxe. To William 
ffitzwilliams my brother's eldest sonne my bason and ewer of silver, 
and two little gilded boules, and my bread boule that is all gilded. 
To my cosen Mr. Anthony Pallmer xs. for a ringe. To Mr. Pell, 
my cosen, minister of ffoloby (Fulletby) xs. for a ringe. To my 
servant William Jenkinson and to Sara his wife xls. in gould to 
make either of them a ringe. To my servant Walter Turpyn xv^*. 
To Henry Smith, my servant, the messuage he now dwelleth in 
with all lands and appurtenances which Eichard Smith, his father, 
nowe houldeth by lease etc. for the terme of 21 years after my 
decease, paying yearly to my heirs xls. To my gentlewoman, Mrs. 
Martha Jenkinson, if she be my servant at the day of my deathe, 
three paire of the best lynnen sheetes, that is in her kepinge in the 
middle-chamber ; three paire of the best pillow-beares in the middle 
chamber, two longe table clothes, two square table clothes, two 
cubberd clothes, two dozen of lynnen napkins of the newest ; two 
longe towels, and the choice of my best wearing lynnen, and 
the best of my wearing apparrell. To Mary Tokin, my servant, 
iij^*. To Margaret, my servant, xxs. ; and the rest of my wearing 
lynnen to the said Mary and Margaret. To Elizabeth Tirrington, 
my servant, a cottage and pingle in ffoloby, for her life, paying 
yearly ijd., furniture etc., and two paire of the newest harden sheets, 
and one newe sheete to bury her in when it shall please god to take 
her out of this life; and iij". to buy her a cowe. My will is 
that my cosen Mr. Thomas Cracrofte take order that the said 
Elizabeth may have keepinge for one cowe winter and summer out 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 125 

of the fearme wherein Eichard Hardy nowe dwelleth duringe her life, 
if she dwell in flFolloby. To William Pell, my servant, one 
yearly rente of v". for his naturall life, ont of my lands in Sibsey 
(with power to distrain). To Gilbert Sherwin my servant iij". To 
William Jenkinson of Boston, my servant, and Sara his wife, all 
my lands and tenements in Halton Howlegate and Steepinge, for 
their naturall lives. To my brother William ffitzwilliams my gilded 
cupp with a cover. To William Jenkinson, my servant, forty of 
my sheepe at fl&iskney. To my cosen Anne Palmer half of my 
lynnen, in the house, not heretofore given for bed and horde, and a 
gieate truncke in the middle chamber. Whereas heretofore I 
have given to my brother William ffitzwilliams an annuity of xxx^*. 
out of my lands in f&iskney, as by one deede doth appeare, I now 
confirme the same. To William ffitzwilliams his eldest sonne an 
annuity of x". for his naturall life out of ffriskney, when he is 21, 
(with power to distrain). Item I do give to the said William 
ffitzwilliams another annuity of x". out of ffriskney when the grant 
made by me to my brother aforesaid William ffitzwilliams shall 
have expired. To Eichard ffitzwilliams second sonne of William 
ffitzwilliams I give an annuity of x". out of flFriskney, for his life, 
when he is 21 (power to distrain) ; also another annuity of x^. out 
of firiskney, for his life, to commence when the aforesaid grant of 
xxx". to my brother William ffitzwilliams is expired. And for the 
guift and disposition of all my lands not before granted, my mynde 
and will is, and I doe give unto my welbeloved Cosen Thomas 
Cracrofte of Burgh, gent., all those my Manners, lands, tenements 
etc. in ffriskney, Wainflet, Wrangle, Leake, Leverton, Benington, 
Sibsey, Pinchbecke, Thorpe, ffolobie, alias ffoUetby, with the guift 
and advowson of the Church of ffolloby, Belchworth, Uppertoynton, 
Nethertoynton, Maryn (Mareham) Consbie, TattershaU, Anderbie, 
Theddlethorpe, Authorpe, Swabie, Bamburgh, Styrton, ffoulding- 
worth, and Carlton, with all rest of my lands whatsoever, to him 
and his heirs forever. My executors to bestowe blacke mourninge 
clokes upon all my men servants for liveries, and upon my gentle- 
woman a gowne to go to church with me at my funerall. They are 
to deliver to the said Thomas Ciacrofte, before my bodie be layd in 
the ground, all evidences, deeds, fines, etc. To my brother William 
ffitzwilliams my weddinge ringe. To my sister Anne ffitzwilliams 
the lease of the house I now dwell in, and all my household stuff 
not heretofore given. I have annexed to this my will xl^*. in golde, 
put into a litle purse, towards the expenses of my luneral]. I 
charge my executors to see me honestlie buried and to sett up a 
toombe like unto that which was sett up for my brother Eobert 
Dymoke, deceased, and to be as neare his as conveniently may be ; 
and they are to keep my house with all provision needfuU, and 
keepe my servants at their charges for one moneth after my decease 


126 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

that they may conveniently provide for themselves. I give to my 
servant William Jenkinson of Boston iij^^. for his paynes. I give 
them that doe preache at my funeral! xxs. in gould ; and I doe 
intreate Mr. Doctor Parker, Deane of the Cathedrall Church of 
Lincoln, to take that paynes for me. I make my welbeloved sister 
Anne ffitzwilliams, and my welbeloved servant William Jenkinson 
of Boston, executors. I give to Mr. John D^moke, my cosen, that 
house and yard etc. which he now dwelleth in, for his life; paying the 
usuall rent. Witnesses Anthony Pallmer, William Pell, Gilbert 

Prob. at Lincoln 7 Dec. 1616 by William Jenkinson ; power 

Personalty sworn 92". 

A yery interesting will, both from the nature of the beqoests and the position of the 
testatrix. She was the heiress of a younger branch of the Dymokes of Sorivelsby settled at 
Friskney. On the death of hei brother Robert Dymoke, S.P , she inherited the estates. She 
married 1st Charles BoUe of Hangh, and 2ndly Bartholomew Armyne of Osgodby. On her 
death, without issue by either husband, her landed property went to Thomas Cracroft of 
Burgh whose father, I^obert Cracroft, had married Pretafer, or Protasie, daughter of Thomas 
Qnadring of Irby by Margaret Dymoke, sister of William Dymoke the father of Mrs. Armyn^ 
who thus, in her issue, became heiress of the family. George Cracroft, son of Thomas, suc- 
ceeded to the estates, but in a few years they seem to have been dissipated, and the Cracroft 
family either extinct or in decay, leaving the line at Hackthom as the sole remaining one in 


The 6th Nov. 1614. I Peregrine Browne of Thedlethorpe 
Hellen in the Countie of Lincolne, clarke, sicke in bodye etc. 
ffirst I commend my soule into the hands of Christe whome as I 
have learned out of the blessed word of truth to bee the only 
mediator betweene God and man, and have in all good conscience 
according to my talent paynefullie preached soe to bee, so I 
acknowledge to bee made of God unto me my full wisdome 
sanctification and Redemption, I will my body to be buryed in 
the Quire of Thedlethorpe Hellen, wherein I have spent my bodie 
in the service of God. All my goods etc to my deare and loving 
wife Christian, to bring up my children, and to rayse them up such 
portions as shee can by the advice and directions of my Supravisor 
whome I ordayne my lovinge brother Mr. John Sandon preacher of 
God's word in Halton Holgate. I make my wife sole executrix. 

Prob. at Boston 9 May 1616 by ex*. 

I give this will merely on account of the mention made of Mr. John Sandon who may 
haye been a scion of that ancient race which mysteriously vanishes at the close of the 
I6th century. 



The 16th May 1616. I Leonard Roper of Sotby in the 
Countie of Lincoln, gent., syck in body etc. I bequeath my soule 
into the handes of almighty god my creatour, and to Jesus Christ 
my Redeemer in whome and thorow the meritts of whose death 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 127 

and passion I trust to have remission of my sinnes, God the holy 
ghost, that etemall Spirit, haveing allready sealed the assurance 
herof unto my spirit, that dyeing or lyveing I am the Lord's at 
whose glorious appearance to judge the quick and the dead I shalbe 
raysed to etemall life, untill which I commend my body to the 
earth from whence it cam, giving order hereby to burye it within 
the parish church yarde of Sotby. To the poore of Sotby vjs. viijd, 
to be distributed where moste neede. To the poore of Gayton, viz. 
widdow Kelsey iijs. and to Thomas Gosse of the same ijs. To the 
poore of Algerkyrke xs. To Marye my wifte my howse and lands 
etc. in Algerkyrke now in the occupation of Edmund Diggles, 
clarke, for her natural life, and also half my household stufEl To 
my daughter Mary xx". To my daughter Margaret 1". To flfeyld, 
Thomas, and Clement Koper, my sonnes, now apprentices in London, 
P. apiece to be paid at the ende of the yeares for which they are 
bownde. To Nicholas and Willyam Roper, my other sonnes, 1". 
apiece, when 21. To Hamlet Gregg, clarke, parson of Sotby, 
vjs. viijd. Residue to my sonne Henry Roper, who is to pay all 
debts, legacies etc. whom I make sole executor. I make S^ William 
Hansard, Knight, and Willyam ffeyld of Wibberton, gent., 
supervisors, giving each xs. 

Prob. at Lincoln 2 June 1615 by Ex*. 


The 12th Sept. 1616. I Mabell Whittingham of Boston in the 
county of Lincoln, widdowe, sick in bodie etc. My bodye to be 
buried in the parish church of XJfford. To my brother John 
Quarles xx^. To my brother John Quarles (aic) x". and x^*. to 
each of his children. To my nephew Charles Quarles, son of my 
brother Charles Quarles of Uflford, xx^*. To my neece Hanna 
Warner x^*. To Mr. John Cotton, minister of Boston, vj**. To 
Mris. James of Boston, widdow, xls. To Mary James, my servante, 
v^. To Robert Tinsley, my servant, xs. To Helen my servant xs. 
To Ruth Chappell towards her bringeinge uppe, v"., to be disposed 
at Mr. Cotton's discretion. To William Wilbie towards his 
bringeinge uppe xs. To my nephew flFrancis Quarles of UfEbrd xxs, 
to put in a Ringe. To my nephew ffrancis Quarles, sonne of 
James Quarles, xxs. To my cosen ffrancis Bird of Boston xxs. To 
my neece Mary Browne, a ringe. To my nephew Christopher 
Todd xxs. I make my brother Charles Quarles of XJfford, and John 
Warner my nephew, executors. If John Warner have no issue of 
his body by my neece Hanna the whole residue is to come to my said 
brother Charles. 

Prob. at Boston 1 Oct. 1616 by Charles Quarles. Power 

The widow of Bichard Whittingham whose will has been given. Her father was Franois 
Quarles of Uflord in oo. Northampton. 


128 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

I; 124. 


I The 21st April 1616. I Katherine Palmer of Burghe in the 

marshe in the Countye of Lincoln, widow, sicke in bodie etc. My 

bodie to the earthe, and my mortuary as the law requireth. To 

Robert Creswell, my sone in la we, xxs. To Elizabeth his wieflF xx"., 

* to their children v"., and to their daughter Elizabeth Creswell one 

little guilte salte. To Richard Grene, my sone in law, xxs. and to 
Mary his wief xxx". To Josias Wolbye, my sone in law, xxs. and 
to Helen his wief xxx^^, and to little Anne Wolbye v^*. To Robert 
Palmer my sonne xxx^. and the use of the guilt boule during his 
life, and after his death to Robert Palmer the sonne of Christopher 
Palmer my sonne. To Margaret wife of the aforesaid Robert 
Palmer xxxs. To Anne wife of my sonne Christopher Palmer v^*., 
to every one of his children v^. and to little Mary Palmer a silver 
tunne. To Mary wife of John Pereson xxs. To my goddaughter 
Katherine Moodie xxs. To every one of my godchildren xijd. To 
Thomas Moryson, the dumbe boy, xxs. Bequest of linen^etc. to 
Thomas, William, Richard, and Anne Wolbye. Residue of napery 
and linen to Christopher and Robert Palmer, Mary Grene and 
Helen Wolbye, my children. Residue of goods to sonne Christopher 
Palmer whom I make executor; and I make John Pereson supervisor. 

Prob. at Horncastle 2 May 1615 by Ex^. 

Personalty sworn 326^*. 13s. 4d. 

The widow of Leonard Palmer, of Burgh, who died in 1610, aged 70. 



The 6th March 1616. I Richard Whittingham of Sutterton in 
the partes of Holland and County of Lincoln, gent., weake in body 
etc. My body to be decently buried in the Church of Sutterton. 
To my wife Elizabeth one messuage and xx acres of land and 
pasture in Algerkyrk, which weare late my brother Richard Whitt- 
ingham's, for her naturall life, and then to the heirs of my body by 
her ; in default, to William son of George ffeild of Algerkyrk and 
his heirs ; in default, to Elizabeth wife of Thomas Stowe of Alger- 
kyrk, husbandman, and sister of the said William ffeilde, and his 
heirs; in default, to Jane now wife of Christopher Passmore, 
another sister, and her heirs ; in default, to my right heirs. If my 
wife be with childe I give to that childe nyne acres of pasture in 
Algerkyrk, called Oxholme, late my brother William Whittingham's, 
subject to payment of xR by his will, to the children of Nicholas 
Tompson of Wigtof te ; if she be not with childe I give tl e said 
nyne acres to the said children. If my wife be not with childe, or 
if it die before the age of 21 yeares, I give to her all my lands, 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 129 

tenements etc. in Sutterton late my uncle Richard Whittingham's, 
subject to my aunte Whittingham's annuity of xF., for her life, and 
then to Hanna ffoster, wife of Christopher ffoster, and daughter of 
Stephen Pell, and her heirs forever. And all my lands etc. in 
Sutterton late Cawdron's, and fyve acres more late Brandons, I give 
at my wife's death to Kelham Harvye sonne of Eobert Harvye, and 
his heirs forever. And the reside we of all my lands in Sutterton 
(except seaven roods of pasture and an acre of land) I give after 
my wife's death to Thomas Harvye of Kirton, sonne of the said 
Eoberte Harvye. After my wife's death I also give my messuage 
and twelve acres of pasture in Kirton to my cosen William Tayler 
of North Kime. After my wife's death I give all the residewe of 
my lands in Kirton (except one acre and a half of arable) to Anne 
wife of Walter Richards and daughter of Eoberte Harvey of Kirton. 

/After my wife's death I give to Thomas Harvye, my cosen aforesaid, 

/ that one acre and seaven roodes in Sutterton aforesaid, on condition 
he distribute the rent thereof yearly among the poore of Sutterton 
f at mayday and Michaelmas, with the advise and direction of the 
Vicar and Churchwardens. After the death of my wife I give one 
acre and a half of land aforesaid in Kirton to Anne Eichards afore- 
said and her heirs, on condition they distribute the rent yearly 

^mong the poor of Kirton (as above). My reversion of land and 
tenements in Boston, after my aunt Whittingham's death, I give to 
my wife Elizabeth, for her life, and then to Kelham Harvye and 
his heirs, in full satisfaction of xx^^ left him by my uncle Eichard 
.Whittingham's will ; on condition he pay to Hanha ffoster, aforesaid, 

/xx^^. left her by my said uncle's will. Item I give to the poore of 
Sutterton v". over and above the x^. given by my father ; which 
xv^. I will to be kept whole and the benefit yearly to be disposed 

\ajnong the poor. (Small bequests to servants etc.) To Ellen 
\Diggle daughter of Edmund Biggie, dark, my goddaughter, a peece 
of gold of xjs. To my brother Mellowes, his children, xs. apiece. 
To William Ingoldsby sonne of my brother Ingoldsby, clarke, v^*., 
to be payd him at his ffirste commencement, when he shall proceed 
batcheler of arte, or within three yeares after my decease. To the 
rest of my sister Ingoldsby's children xs. apiece. To Olive Welby 
v^*. To the rest of my brothers and sisters xs. apiece. To my 
Aunt Whittingham a peece of gould of xxijs. To my Aunt 
Massingberd a like peece of gould. To my ffather in lawe Mr. 
Doctor Bulckley xls. To my brother in lawe Mr. Peter Bulkley a 
peece of gould of xxijs. To Edward Bulkeley, sonne of the said 
Peter, a peece of gould of xjs. To Mr. Cotton a peece of gould of 
xxijs. To Michael Harbertt iiij^^ To James Wilkinson iiij". etc., 
etc. I make my wife Elizabeth sole executrix. My trusty and 
welbeloved freinds Mr. Thomas Middlecott of Boston, esq. ; Mr. 
Anthony Ingoldsby of fi&shtofte, clarke, and Mr. Edmund Diggle of 

130 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Satterton, clarke, supervisors. I give to Mr. Middlecott three 
peeces of gould of zxijs. each ; and to the others tow peeces each 
of the same. 

Prob. at Boston XI April 1616 by Ex^. 

The son of Baruch Whittingham and nephew of Blchard, whose willB have been given. 


The 22nd April 1616. I Thomas Key of Long Lednam in the 
Countye of Lincolne, yeoman, sick of bodye etc. My bodye to be 
buried in the parish church of Long Lednam. To my three 
daughters Wynnifred, Elizabeth, and Suzanna Key all the messuages, 
lands, etc. which I lately boughte of myne unckle Robert Brittaine, 
save two cottages I have sold to Edward Brittaine to discharge a 
debt to him of xxviij**. To my sonne Thomeus Key and his heirs 
the house I now dwell in with all lands etc. belonging to it. To 
the church of Long Lednam, ijs. vjd. To the poore of Long 
Lednam ijs. vjd. (small bequests). To every one of my brother 
Eowland Sudburie's children an ewe, and one lambe. Eesidue of 
goods to Ellenor my wife whom I make sole executrix ; she to 
occupy my lands etc. till my children are of lawful age or married. 
I mdke Mr. Bacon, and my brother Rowland Sudburie, Supervisors, 
and give each ijs. Witnesses Roger Bacon, clarke, and others. 

Prob. at Grantham 12 July 1616 by Ex^. 

A good instance of the rise of a yeoman family. The testator was grandson of William 
Key of Leadenham, and Amiable his wife, whose will is given No. 266 1st series. His grand- 
son (son of his son Thomas) was John Key, bom in 1644, and educated at S. John's GolL, 
Oamb. He married Mary, sister and co-heir of Edmnnd Bllis of Wellingore, and had a son, 
Ellis Key, of Leadenham, bom 1682, who by his wife Anne Storer had a son John Key, who 
was High Sheriff in 1773, but died S.P., and a danghter Jane Key, who became heiress to her 
brother John's estates, and married William Beeve of Melton Mowbray, from whom the 
Beeves of Leadenham descend. A yonnger branch still eidsts, deducing its desoent from a 
grandson of the above testator, Thomas Key, bora 1662. It is represented by Capt. William 
Key of Water Folford. 



The 1st Dec. 1616. I Valentine Upton of Northholme in the 
Countie of Lincoln, Esq., sicke in bodie etc. My bodie to be 
buried at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter to be annexed, to 
whome I give all my goods, chattells, stocke, household stuff, plate, 
etc, exceptinge one broade trunke together with one little Cabonitt 
with the things therein, both standing in my studdie, which I will 
shall be in the custodi^ of my executor till my daughter ffrances 
Upton is 12 years old, and then to be delivered to her; if she die 
before that age, then it is to be delivered to my son Hamond Upton 
when he is 12 years old ; for and towards the discharging of all my 
debts, funerall expenses, and legacies hereafter to be bequeathed. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 131 

Touching my lands I will that my Executor have two parts of my 
manors, lands etc., during the minoritie of my son Hamond Upton, 
to raise a portion of d^. for my daughter ffrances Upton when 16, 
and to discharge such debts as my goods are not sufficient for. And 
then the said lands to descend to the said Hamond and his heirs. 
And if he die before the age of 21, then they are to descend to my 
said daughter ffrances and her heirs ; in default, to my Uncle 
Ambrose Upton and his heirs male ; in default, to my sister 
Standish and to her heirs forever. I will that if my children die 
before such time as my debts are discharged, then my executor is to 
retain the two parts of my lands till they be discharged, unless 
they to whom my lands descend will give security. I will my 
daughter ffrances have xx^*. a year for her maintenance out of the 
said two parts till she is 16. And I intreate my executors to 
disburse so much money as shall take in my marshes, to be repaid 
out of the premises with all charges. I will that my Executors 
have an especiall care conceminge th^ obtaining of my Sonne's 
Wardshipp, and that they bring him upp in learning, and my 
daughter with good education. And I would intreate my Executors 
to trie the suit which I have in Norfolke for my children, and to 
be caref ull to looke if any of the lands discend unto them, that 
they be not wronged. I ordaine and make John Paggett, Esq., 
William Lanckton, Esq., and William Quadring, Esq., Executors, 
and give eche of them P*., and S*" Thomas Grantham, Knight, 
supervisor, and to have five xxs. peeces. 

31 Dec. 1616. Admon. given to ffrances Aiscough of Sotby, 
widow, mother of the deceased, and Walter Dacres of Sotby, Eeq., 
husband of Dorothy Dacres, alias Upton, sister of the deceased, 
the Executors named in the will renouncing. 

The XTptona of Northolme were falling rapidly into decay. The testator's half-nnole, 
Ambrose Upton signs the pedigree in 1684. The son Hamon Upton liad a daughter Frances 
Bapd. at Croft, 1 Jane, 1644. Frances Upton, the testator's daughter, married, 28 April, 
1688, the Bey. Brerard Dighton, Vicar of Croft, afterwards Rector of BncknalL Faith Upton 
the testator's sister is said to haye married Sir Thomas Standish, Ent., of Billingay. 
Northolme had passed from the family by the end of the Commonwealth, 



The 7th Feh. 1615. I Thomas Mottram of Addlethorpe in the 
Countie of Lincoln, Gentleman, sick in bodye etc. My bodye to 
be buried in christian buriall within the Chauncell of Addlethorpe 
Church. To Lincoln Minster xijd. To the poore of Addlethorpe 
xs., whereof vs. is to be given on Ashwednesday, and vs. on Palm 
Sunday next following after my decease*. To my wife Marie 
Mottram xF., to dispose of as she shall think good, also that 
Trusbedstede with the Trundlebedd in the chamber over the 
kitchin, and I will they be furnished with bedding fitting for them 
of some indifferent sorte from other roomes of my house ; also the 

132 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

stockbedd and beddinge and both the Chistes, and that presse 
which are also in the said chamber, and also the Candlechest in the 
store chamber ; also all my bees ; half a dozen puter of diverse 
sortes with trenchers ; one square table with a Cubbard in it, and 
one frame table ; her litle chaire ; half of my napery and linen ; 
also six of my silver spoones for her naturall life, which ended my 
will is they be praysed and repaide to my executor. To my sonne 
Thomas Mottram cc". when 21, and my executor to deliver to him 
at that age a Trusbedd furnished, with x^*., and x^. of such other 
household goods as my supervisors thinke meete ; also I give him 
that bond of c**. payable to me by William Thorie of Partney ; also 
one silver salt parcell gilte, and six silver spoones which have his 
name upon them ; and that litle cubbard and chaire which are in 
my studye. To Marie Palmer, my daughter, the fetherbedd which 
is upon the trussebedd in the chamber over the kitchin etc. and 
my silver Tun. To John Mottram, my sonne, my other silver 
saulte, my horsse milne, my waine carte, the plough etc. To 
Eichard Mottram, my brother, v^., and eche of his five children 
xxs. apeece, when severally 21. To Anne Bernard of Langton 
xxs. yf she outlive her husband. If Thomas Mottram, my sonne, 
die before 21, then I will that xx^*. be paid to my brother Eichard 
Mottram, and the remainder be divided between John Mottram and 
Marie Palmer aforesaid. Item I give to John Palmer, my sonne in 
lawe, iiij^., and I will he have by lease from my executor all my 
interest and terme of yeares in 18 acres of pasture, Mr. 
Yarborough's landes, and I give to Marie Palmer his wife my 
daughter xxx^*. To my grandchild Marie Palmer v^*. when 5 years 
of age. My sonne Thomas to be put to some decent and fitting 
trade. Eesidue to my said three children John and Thomas 
Mottram and Marie Palmer. I make my sonne John executor, and 
for supervisors George Cater of Addlethorpe, clarke, and John 
Palmer of Winthorpe my sonne in lawe, and give them xxs. 
apiece. Witnesses George Cater, Clark ; Edward Skegnes, 
Anthony Palmer. 

Prob. at Lincoln 2 Jan. 1616 by Ex^ 

Personalty sworn 635^^ 16s. Od, 

Th« MottraniB may possibly have come originally from Mottram in Obeshlre, bat 
the first of this name in linoolnshire was Thomas Mottram, clerk, who was presented by the 
Grown to the Rectory of Addlethorpe, 4th Feb., 1580-1. The baptism of the testator's eldest 
son John Mottram was on the 6th Jnly, 1589. He married Margaret, daughter of John 
Newport of Scupholme, yeoman, widow of Lion Lacon, gent. (Mar. Lie. dated 8 let July, 
1618). By her he had a son John Mottram, of whom presently, and another, Samuel Mottram, 
of Thorpe-by-Wainfleet, who had a daughter Deborah, who became his heiress, and married 
Richard Orackanthorpe of Newbiggin, in Westmoreland. The eldest son John Mottram, died 
in 1689-90,leaYing, by his wife Elizabeth, two surviving sons, Noah Mottram and Samuel 
Mottram. The latter was of Addlethorpe, and died in 1710, aged 09, leaving three daughters 
oo-heirs, Mary, who married John Andrews (son of Henry Andrews of Osgodby); Samueli- 
Maria, wife of Charles Waller ; and Martha Mottram. The elder son, Noah Mottram, was of 
Gawthorpe near Louth. He married Mary, daughter and co-heir of John Boswell of South 
Thoresby, and djring in 1694, left one son John Mottram, who married Henrietta, daughter 
and co-heir of the Rev.' Henry Tymperon of Market Overton, Co. Rutland, and left three 
daughters co-heirs ; Henrietta and Mary, who died unmarried ; and Margaret, who married in 
1761 John Braokenbury of Scremby. 

The Mottrams never appear in the Visitations, but their coat of arms is on the old 
manor-house of Gawthorpe. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 133 


The 16th May 1616. I Elizabeth Hansard of Binbrooke, in 
the countie of Lincoine, widowe, sick in bodie etc. My body to be 
buried within the parish church of Binbrooke Marie* To the 
Cathedrall Church of Lincoln ijs. vjd. To the poore of Binbrooke 
vs. To John Joyes of Belesbie, gent., xxs. To my sonne Ralph 
Hansard a quarter of barlie, and a quarter of maulte. To my 
daughter ffaithe Hill wife of Richard Hill of Healinge, xls. To my 
sonne Richard Hansard one headpeece, a bed with the furniture, 
a greate table with the frame, etc., six silver spoones, one goulde 
Ringe. which parcels were given by his godfather Richard Hansard 
late of Owesbye, deceased. To my sonne Anthony Hansard one 
brasse pott, commonlie called my Brough Fossnet ; and yf the sayd 
Anthony have no children the said Pot to remayne to the next of 
his kindred, and soe to continue in the name. To my sonne 
Thomas Hansard and my daughter Margerie toeyther of them a 
foole of one yeare ould. To my grandchild Elizabeth Joyes one 
brasse Pott sometimes Mrs. Clifford's, a stocke of Bees etc. To my 
grandchild, Elizabeth Hansard, a chiste. a stocke of Bees etc. To 
Marie and Winifred the daughters of Robert Hansard an ewe 
apiece. To the children of John Joyes aforesaid, viz., William, 
Suzanna, ffaithe, and Magdalen, an ewe apiece. To my sonne 
Ralph Hansard's children an ewe apiece. To Hellen Hansard, late 
wife ol Robert Hansard, my Taflfatie hatt. To Marie, wife of my 
sonne Ralph Hansard, my Taffatie Kirtle. To every house servant 
xijd. Half of residue I give to my sonne Ralph Hansard and my 
daughter Margerie, to be equally divided ; the other half to my 
sonne Anthony Hansard whom I make sole executor. I appoint 
my sonnes, viz., John Joyes of Belesbie, Richard Hill of HeaUnge, 
and Ralph Hansard of Howsham, supervisors, and give each vs. 

Prob. at Lincoln 12 March 1616 by Exr. 

Personalty sworn 200". 

I cannot attach theae Hanaards to the Blsoathorpe line, though they probably came 
from it. 



The 12th May 1616. I Nicholas Newcomen of Saltfletbie in 
the countie of Lincoln, Gent., sicke in bodie etc. My bodie 
I committ to the earthe whereof it was framed, to be buried in 
the Church of Saltfletbie All Saincts. As touching my goods I 
give to my loving and faithful! wife Anne twoe parts in three parts 
to be divided of all my goods etc. And the third parte I bequeath 
to my three children, Marie, Jonathan, and Alice, equally. To 

134 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Charles Newcomen, my eldest sonne^ all that messuage wherein I 
now dwell with all land etc. conveyed and assured by my father to 
me and my wife, to him and his heirs forever after the death of my 
said wife Anne. I make my said wife executrix, and I appoynt 
John Kewcomen, esquire, my father in lawe, and Mr. Charles 
Newcomen, my father, to be supervisors. 

Prob. at Louth 8 Oct. 1616 by Ex« 

Personalty sworn 239". 2s. Id. 

He was the eldest son of Charles Newcomen of Saltfleetby (grandson of Richard New- 
oomen of Low Toynton, see No. 68, 1st Series) by his wife Joan, daughter of Nicholas 
Thomdike of Oreenfleld. He married Anne, daughter of John Newcomen of Saltfleetby, 
descended from the elder line of the family (see No. 66, let Series) ; she re-married George 
Atkinson. By her he left a son, Charles Newcomen , who married Frances, daoghter of Henry 
Ayscongh of Mablethorpe, formerly of Blyborongh, and had a large family, who aU seemed to 
die without issne, saye Franoee, who married Richard Caborne of Saltfleetby. 



The 18th Feb. 1615. I Robert Hastings of Billesbie in the 
countie of Lincolne, gent., sicke in bodie etc. My bodie to be 
buried in the parish church of Billesbie. To the Cathedrall churche 
of Lincolne ys. To everie one of my sonnes' wives xxs. (the wife 
of my Sonne John excepted). To my daughter Elizabeth, wife of 
William Boughe, xx nobles yearlie for her nalurall life, out of one 
tenement in Billesbie, and after her death to the child that is law- 
fully borne to the said Elizabeth and its heirs forever, To every 
one of my naturall children's children xls. when 21 or married. To 
Katherine, daughter of my sonne Christopher Hastings, two kye etc. 
when she is 14. To Mr. Thomas Massingberd of Lincoln, esquire, 
xxs. To the wife of Mr. Thomas Massingberd of Braitoft, xxs. To 
Mr. Henry Massingberd, xs. To Edward Laughton of Billesbie, 
xxs. To William Wilye of Sutton, xxs. To Thomas and William, 
sonnes of my brother William Hastings, xxs. apeece. To 
Anne Hastings of Mumby Chappie, xs. To my sister Hastings of 
Belchforth, xxs. To the wife of Richard Hastings, xxs. To the 
poore folke of Billesbie xxs. yearlie for three yeares after my decease, 
to be distributed on Ashwednesday. To Elizabeth Markbie now 
dwelling with me, iij^. and to her brethren and sisters xs. apeece when 
21 . To the church of BiUesbie xxs. To every one of my godchildren 
a shee deare lambe, when they are able in lawe to seal an acquittance 
to my executor. My executor to pay to Bridgett, one of the 
children of Robert Cusworth late of Billesbie deceased, xx^., 
which I have as her portion, when 21 ; she to seal an acquittance 
etc. To the wife of Mr. Storre, Vicar of Billesbie, vis. viijd. To 
William Hastings, my sonne, my farme and messuage in Asfordbie 
in the parish of Billesbie, with appurtenances in Billesbie and 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 135 

Sutton ; my wife Emme to have the said farme for her life, and 
to maintain the said William Hastings till he is 2L If she dye 
before that time my sonne Christopher Hastings and my sonne in 
lawe William Boughe are to maintain him. He to have xx^K yerlie 
paid him, when placed in one of the universities, till he is 21. My 
sonne Robert Hastings to pay yearlie to my wife Emme, to the use 
of the said William, v^^, untill he shall be placed student in one of 
the universities ; and when so placed my sonne Robert is to pay to 
my wife Emme x}K yearlie for the education of my said sonne 
William. I give to William and John, sonnes of Richard Hastings, 
my brother, xxs. apiece. To Robert Hastings, my sonne, and his 
heires, my house and all the land in Billesbie I purchased of Peter 
Christopher, nowe occupied by William Boughe, my sonne in lawe ; 
also all the land I purchased of Mr. Robert Wolbie ; a close called 
Bumhill, and one Toftstead called Cowlston garth. My sonne 
Robert to pay to my sonne William Hastings cccc", when he is 21, 
who on payment is to release to Robert all his title in the aforesaid 
bequeathed lands. To Robert Hastings of Belchforth, his sonne 
and daughter, to everyone xs. To Henrie Kingerbie, xs., to his 
wife xxs. To the wife of Edward Lawghton of Billesbie, vjs. vijjd. 
To my sonne Christopher Hastings, and his heirs, two messuages 
etc. in Huttoft which I latelie purchased of Charles BooU, Esquier, 
and sold the same to Mr. Asfordbie, and after boughte the same of 
him againe ; also all summes of money Christopher doth owe me j 
also one lease I boughte of one Mr. Stouten which lyeth in ming 
with his other landes in a pasture called greate dale. To John 
Hastings, my sonne, and his heires, all that messuage etc. in 
Hottoft, in the tenure of myne eldest sonne Robert Hastings, held 
of the King's majestic his mannor of Hottofte in socage ; also 
another messuage etc. in Hottoft, with appurtenances, which I 
lately bought of Mr. Pelham, Mr. ffitzwillyam, and Mr. Pagnam, 
etc., etc. Also a lease of certain grounds in Sutton and Hottoft 
which I hold of the scholl of Homcastle. To Robert Newstead, 
gent. XX nobles. To Emme, my wife, six of my best kye ; the best 
horse or mare ; my executor to maintaine her in meate and drinke 
one whole yeare jrfter my decease, or else give her vij^*., she to have 
to her owne use the two little chambers, called the porch chambers, 
in the house where I nowe dwell. I bequeath to her her joynture, 
and all my houses and lands I purchased in Huttoft of ffrancis 
Bolland, Willyam Markby, Richard Markby, Richard Madisonne, 
clarke, and one Orbie, for her natural! life, and then to my sonne 
Christopher Hastings and his heirs. I also give her all my linen 
(the beds in the house being first furnished) ; also one half of the 
residue of my household stuff (brewing vessels excepted). I make 
Mr. Thomas Massingberd, the yonger, Thomas Storre, vicar of 
Billesbie, and William Boughe, my sonne in lawe, supervisors. 

136 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Residue to my sonne Robert Hastings, whom I make full and sole 

Prob. at Lincoln 11 Jan. 1616 by Ex^ 

Personalty sworn 1083". Os. 2d. 

I cannot say whether this waa an offshoot of the noble race of Haatinga or not. Hia 
first wife waa Susanna, daughter of Thomas Massingberd of Bratof t. Hia daughter Bliaabeth 
married Harbert Newstead of South Somerootea (Mar. Lie, 21st Got., 1616). His son Robert 
Hastings married Anne Llanden (Mar. Lie, dated 80th Nor., 1616), and his son Christopher 
Hastings married Eatherine Llanden (Mar. Lie, dated 23rdAug.. 1616;, daughtersof William 
Llanden of Dalby, co. Linoolu. 


The 22nd Aug. 12th Jac. I. I Thomas Thorye of Halton 
Holgate in the County of Lincoln, yeoman, in good health etc. 
My bodye to the earth from whence it came. To the Cathedrall 
Church of Lincoln, xijd. To the poore of Halton Holgate xxs. to 
be paid yearlie every Easter for five yeares after my decease. To 
my wife Alice VK ; six silver spoones, one goblett of silver, three- 
score ewes, twentie ewe-hoggs, twentie shereinge wethers, six of my 
best kyne, one coople of my best draught oxen, and a sorreld mare, 
one amblinge gray mare, and one other greate gray mare (farming 
implements etc.) half my household stuffe etc. ; to be delivered 
within one month after my deathe. To Helen Stevenson wief 
of . , . . Stevenson, my grandchild, 1^*., and to Richard sonne of 
John Curtoys l^K, to be paid to them by my executor at such time 
as he shall receave soe much money of Thomas Lord Clinton and 
Say, or his assignes, of the some of eight hundred and threescore 
poundes which he oweth mee. To my servant Thomas Beck, v^. 
To my servant Alice Copie, v^., on the day of her marriage. To 
John Beck my fowlinge piece which he hath in his custodye. 
Residue to my sonne William Thorye, whom I make sole executor. 

Prob. at Lincoln 14 July 1616 by ex'. 

Personalty sworn 1736^^. 17s. 4:d. 

The Thoreys were a family of great antiquity, being copyhold tenants of the Manor of 
Ingoldmells aa far back aa the 14th century. The testator's son William Thorey of Partney, 
married Bridget, daughter of Thomas Massingberd of Bratoft. Their granddaughter and 
heireis, Bridget Thorey, married John Bugeley of Halton Holgate, and died in 1668, aged 21. 



The 11th June 1616. I Ann Madison of Alford in the 
Countie of Lincoln e, widowe, si eke in bodie etc. Imprimis I 
commend my soule into the hands of God, hopeing onelie to be 
saved by the death and passion of Jesus Christ, and my bodie to 
the earth till the glorious resurrection, when I doubt not but that 
this mortall shalbe clothed with immortalitie and then receive the 
Crowne of etemall glorie which thou hast promised to all those 

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that love and feare thee. I forgive unto my sonne Thomas 
Hopkinson x^. he nowe oweth mee ; also I give him my best pott 
and panne, my litle gilt silver boule, and foure silver spoones etc. 
To my Sonne Eobert Hutchinson his two children, equallie to be 
divided between them, the viij*^ he oweth mee. I forgive my 
Sonne Christopher Hutchinson, of the xxviij^*. he oweth mee, xiv"., 
and all the household stuffe he nowe hath of mine. To my 
daughter Saunderson my marriage ringe, and to Caesar Saunderson, 
her Sonne, one Portigue by estimation iij^. xs., and to her yonger 
Sonne xxs. in gold. To my three daughters, viz., my daughter 
fetch xxs., my silke Grogorum gowne and my best pettiecoat, 
kirtle and bodies, and my beaver hatt, linnen etc. ; and to her three 
daughter each a paire of linnen shetts, etc. To my son Thomas his 
wife my second best gowne, xs. in golde, linnen etc. To my son 
Eobert Hutchinson, his wife, xs. in golde. To my sonne Christopher 
his wife xs. in golde etc. To my daughter Hopkinson xxxs, in 
golde. To John ffetch, son of Robert ffetch my sonne, x*^. when 
he is 18. To everyone of my sonne ffetch's children xxs. To Ann 
Hopkinson, daughter of my sonne John, my silver salte. To John 
Hopkinson, my grandson v**. To Elizabeth Hopkinson, my god- 
daughter my best bed as it standeth furnished. I forgive Mr. 
Scortreth the xls. he oweth mee, and xs. I give him for a funerall 
sermon, and to his sonne ffrancis vs. To the poore of Alford xls. 
To Mr. Carrington xxs. To Cirstin Bust, my maid, one pettiecoat, 
one ruffe, one Aperne, xijd. in money etc. To each of my 
Godchildren xijd. Residue to my sonne John Hopkinson whom 
I make sole executor. 

Prob. at Lincoln 27 July 1616 ex^ 

The widow of Richard Haddiaon of Hablethorpe (see No. 818, 1st series) a son of Thomaa 
Maddison of Trusthorpe ; her first husband was a Hopkinson. By her second she had one 
daughter, Dorothy Maddison, who married Thomas Saunderson of Gainsborough, brother of 
Sir Nicholas Saunderson, Bart., 1st Viscount Gastleton, and had issue CsBsar Saunderson and 



The 22nd Juiie 1616. I Henrie Massingbord of Braitofte in 
the County of Lincoln, gentleman, sicke in bodie etc. My bodie to 
be buried at the discretion of my executors. To Alice my wife the 
best Trusse-bed standing in my dining-parler with all the furniture 
therto belonginge which my will is she shall make her choice of 
with the great Cubbard standing hard by the bedd. Item I give 
to her the Liverie Cupboard that standeth in the dyning parler. 
To Alice my daughter seaven score pounds and the chest of linning 
full as it standeth. To Katherine my daughter seaven score pounds, 
and her chest of lynninge. To my brother Thomas Massingberd 
xls. To my godson Henrie Massingberd xxs. To my goddaughter 


ffrancis Massingberd xxs. To every servant in my house vs. 
except Annes Moodie who is to have xs. To my sonne Kathaniell, 
whom I make sole executor, all and all manner of my gold ring 
and ringes and plate of Silver whatsoever, and all my goods within 
dores and without, except above mentioned; and all my quick 
cattell. I charge my land in Thorpe with payment of my two 
daughters' legacies ; my executor to keep them at his own cost till 
their portions be paid. 

Prob. at Lincoln 27 July 1616 by Ex'. 

Personalty sworn 309". 

The 4th son of Thomas M aasingberd of Bratoft by his wife Frances, dangfater of Sir George 
Fitzwilliam, Knight, of Mablethorpe. His wife was Alice Bnsshey. whose violent temper is 
amusingly alluded to in Oibbons* Marriage Licenses, p. 86, by the testator's father. 



The 3rd June 1616. I Gregorie Warmothe late of Hagnaby in 
the parish of Hanney in the Countie of Lincoln, yeoman, sicke in 
bodie etc. My bodie to the earthe from whence it came, desyring 
that it maie be buryed in the Church of Hanney aforesaid. To the 
repaire of Hanney Church vjs. viijd., and to therepaire of the bells 
of the same Churche iijs iiijd. To everie poore Householder in 
iHanney and Hagnaby xijd. Item I give xxs. to the churchwarden 
'of Hanney and Hagnaby to be imployed by them and their 
successors yearlie in buying come for the use of the said poore that 
they may have the come at the same price as the churchwardens 
>«ihall pay for it. To my sister Mrs. Holden one peece of Goulde 
rf xjs. To my kinsman Christopher Smith all my apparrell both 
linnen and woollen, saveing my hatt which I give to my sonne 
Jeffrey Warmothe. To every one of the children of my nophewes 
and neices ijs. apeece, (Small legacies). To Magdalen Hundleby 
daughter of Nicholas Hundleby deceased, x^^ Whereas Gilbert 
North doth owe me xvj^*. I will that his youngest child Bridgett 
shall have x^. therof. To my sonne Jeffrey Warmothe one blacke 
mayre called ffawne and viij". To my daughter Eebecca my litle 
grey mare. To ffrances Warmothe daughter of ffrances Warmothe 
late of Legbourn deceased iij^^ to remain in the hands of John 
Warmothe of Slouthby, to be paid when she is 18. To John 
Warmothe of Gayton xxvjs. viijd. Whereas I have paid to George 
ffairebarne of Bingley in the Countie of Yorke, Clothier, x". with 
Eleazer Warmothe, sonne of ffrancis Warmothe of Legbome deceased, 
to be paid unto him at the end of his yeres of apprentiship, I direct 
the said x^^. to be paid to him now, and I leave him more, xls. To 
my Sonne in law ffrancis Barkwith all my interest in a close 
in Hagnabie called north field etc. ; I give to my daughter Judith 
now wife of the said ffrancis Barkwith, v^^., or my amblinge baye 
maire, whether she shall chuse. To ffrancis, Eichard, and Henry 
Barkwith, his sonnes, viij^^ xs. apeece ; and to John Barkwith hia 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 139 

Sonne, x^. To Elizabeth Barkwith, his daughter, iiij^'. xs. and 
furniture etc. To my sonne Jeffrey Warmothe furniture etc., and 
one chayre which I use to sett in by the fyer. Eesidue of my 
household stuffe and goodes to my daughter Eebecca Warmothe ; 
also xx^. in full satisfaction and payment of one guifte heretofore 
given unto her by her grandfather Thomas Newcome, deceased; 
also cxl^. ; also my estate, title, interest etc. in the lease of the 
house wherein I latelie dwelt in Hagnabie with all the lands 
belonging to the said house, and the rather in respect that she 
shall take to husband one Thomas Kewcomen sonne of Charles 
Newcomen of Saltfletbie, gent., whome I have taken a lyking unto, 
and am very willing that he shall marry her. If she die before 
marriage then the lease to go to the rest of my surviving children. 
If there remain ccc^. of my property after payment of debts and 
legacies it is to be put forth in use yerely for the maintenance of 
my sonne Jeffrey Warmothe, to be paid quarterly. I make my 
sonne in lawe ffrancis Barkwith and the said Thomas Newcomen 
whoe by god's grace shall marrye my daughter Eebecca, to be 
executors, and give each xls. I desire Mr. Holden my brother in 
lawe, and the said Mr. Charles Kewcomen my faithfull friend to be 
supervisors, and give each xls. 

Prob. at lincohi 28 Sept. 1616 by Ex". 

Personalty sworn 740i*. lis. lid. 

A. wealthy Linoolnshire yeoman. He was the son of John Warmonth of Hagnaby, whose 
will was proved 26th May, 1058. He married twice. By his 1st wif^, Xatherine, he left 
issue Geoffrey, and Jndith who married Francis Barkworth. By his 2nd, Margaret, daughter 
of Thomas Newcomen of Ingoldmells (whose will was proved 26th Feb., 1698-9), he had a 
daughter, Rebecca, who married, as he wished, Thomas Newcomen of Witbem (a yonnger son 
of Charles Newcomen of Saltfleetby), whose will was proved Slat Jan., 1643. They had issue 
Nicholas Newcomen of Theddlethorpe, who died in 1680, through whose eldest daughter 
Theodosia Newcomen, who married Balph Maddison of Stainton-le-Vale,in 1682, the represan- 
tation of this branch of the Newcomen family is in the Maddisons of Partney. 


Memorandum that Lyon Skipwith of Walmesgar in the 
Countye of Lincoln, Esquire, being of perfecte minde and memorye 
did (with an intente to dispose of his estate after his deathe) 
appointe that all his effects and chattells should remayne to 
Edmund ffitzwilliam, gent., his sonne in law for and in consideration 
of c^^ due to the said Edmund ffitzwilliam uppon one bonde of dc". 
wherin the said Lyon Skipwith stoode bounde to the said Edmund. 
And he did give to his supposed base sonne by the name ol Henrye 
Skipwith one new bedstead with all the furniture to the same 
belonginge and a horse colte of two yeares olde or there abouts, 
and a booke called Bullinger's decades. And further he did give 
to Bridgett his maide servant divers milk vessells. 

At Lincoln 20 Nov. 1616. Admon. given to Edmund 
ffitzwilliam, gent. 

The son of John Skipwith of Walmsgate, who was a yonnger son of Sir WUUam 
SUpwlth, Knt.,of South Ormsby. 

140 LINCOLNSHIRET WILLS, 1600-1617. 


The 12tb Nov, 1616. I Heneage Smith of Hatton in the 
XJountye of Lincoln, gent., do make etc. ffirste I give vj^*. yearlie to 
/be levyed yearlie out of all my lands in Hatton towardes the 
findinge of a teacher for the youth there soe long as the Inhabitants 
will provide one sufficient for the place, and allowed of by twoe of 
the next Justices, and my meaninge is that none whose freinds are 
esteemed to be worth threescore pounds shall have the benefit of 
Xthis gift execpt they be Tenants of the owners of my lands. To 
Thomas Anderson xxs. yearly for his life. To Margaret Witton 
and her son Heneage xxs. yearly for their lives. To Joane Eosse and 
widow Stevenson xs. each yearly for life. My guift not to hinder 
them of such weeklye contribution as they should have had. To 
my sister Jennyson and her heirs a close of land and a house etc. 
Residue of my lands to my brother Nicholas and his heirs. My 
will is for the two children which I now have of John Wharffe's, 
viz., Jane and Peter Wharffe, that for my moyte their portion 
shalbe made up by soe muche as their father's will is, thoughe 
soe much did never come to my hands, neither did his goods 
come to soe much, his debts, legaces and funerall expenses 
discharged. Item I give to Jane Whaiflfe the farme wherein 
Martine Ambros now dwelleth, except my brother Nicholas give 
her xvj^*. when she is 16. To Peter Wharflfe a close of land 
etc. except my brother Nicholas give him Ix^*, when he is 21. To 
Henry, Charles, Nicholas, Robert, Mary, ffrances, and Sarah Smith, 
a xxijs. peece each. To Mr. Larke my gowne and my best hatt. 
To my brother Lawe one cloake that was my brother's and my 
cronacle booke. Residue of my goods (except one bed furnished 
and my wive*s apparrell which I give to Jane Wharffe) to my 
brother Nicholas, whom I make sole executor. Witnesses Nicholas 
Larke, William Lawe. 

Prob. at Lincoln 7 Feb. 1616-7 by Nicholas Smith ex''. 

See the will of John Wharfe already given, and the following will of Robert Smith the 
testator's brother. 



The 17th April 14th Jac. L I Robert Smith of Saltfletbie 
Clements in the Countie of Lincolne, M'^. of Artes, beinge bothe 
of healthfull state of bodie and perfecte memorie. I bequeathe my 
soule into the haudes of Almightie god my creator, whoe infused it 
into this bodie of myne, hopeinge and stedfastlie beleevinge that the 
same my creator will accept and take the same at the separation 
hereof from my bodie, and place it amonge hys holie ones even for 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 141 

the meritts of Christ Jesus myne onelye Saviour -and redeemer, 
whose obedience moste perfecte and bloudie passions moste infinite 
in yalew and number hath made a sufficient satisfaction unto the 
Justice and wrath of hys fEather for my synnes, and all that beleeve 
in him. My bodie to be buryed in the Church of Saltfletbie 
Clements, and my mortuary as the law requireth. Whereas I have 
made a lease of my lands for xxj years, I will that my daughters 
shall each have c". out of the same, to be paid to them besides the 
rente which I will shall be for the maintenance of all, both sonnes 
and daughters. The said sums of money to be raised as my children 
come to age and are married ; with benefit of survivorship ; my 
sonnes to enter on their lands when the said sums are raised. To 
my sister Sara xxs. To my brothers Henneage and Nicholas xxs. 
apeece. My wife to remayne still in her house till she marrie, or be 
provided with a convenient house. To my sonnes Nicholas and 
Robert to each of them an annuity of xiij^^ yjs. viijd. out of my 
lands before given to Henrie and Charles. Eesidue of my goods to 
be sold (except my executors will give anything to my wife) to 
make portions. My plate to my eldest sonne Henrie. I make my 
brother Nicholas executor, and my brother Henneage supervisor. 
Prob. at Lincoln 4 June 1616 by ex'. 



The 25th Sept. 1616. I John Langton late of Langton in the 
Countye of Lincoln, Knight, beinge in perfecte healthe of bodye 
etc. ffirst I bequeath my soule unto allmightie God my maker and 
to his son Jesus Christ my onely Saviour and redeemer, and to the 
holye Ghoste my Comforter, three persons and one god, to whome 
be all glorye and honor nowe and for ever. My bodye to be buryed 

!if conveniently it may be done) in the parishe Churche att Langton, 
if nott) then in such conveniente place as my executor shall thinke 
fitt. My mortuarye such as the lawe requireth. To dame Katherin 
my wife all her Apparell and Jewells with all Chaines, Carcanetts, 
Braceletts, rings, and other things which are made of goulde 
(excepting such as shall be otherwise disposed of) ; also all suche 
bondes with the sumes of money therin conteyned which are made 
unto her in her owne name. And wheras she hath divers sumes of 
money in divers men's hands without specialtye my will is she shall 
take the benefit therof. Item wheras there is a bond of c^. forfeited 
unto me by Roger and Thomas Dalyson, now Knightes, the said 
bond shall accrue to her, my said wife, because it was her money. 
To my said wife my Charoch, three Coche horses with all furniture 
to eche of them belonginge. Item to my said wife six kine at her 
choyce, and the third parte of all my plate and household stuife ; 

142 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

also threescore ewes and twentye weathers of the best now goinge 
in Staynesbie. To William Langton, my eldest sonne, all my 
bricks, timber, freestone, etc., he to give a bonde to my wife that 
he will not hinder any of the above legacies accrewing unto her. 
To my daughter Elizabeth Lockton one payre of goulde borders 
which were her mother's. To my daughter Margaret Langton one 
thowsande markes to be paid within three months. To my 
daughter Rose Quadring xx^^ to be paid within six months. To 
Roger Langton my second sonne ccc^^ to be paid within six months. 
To my sonne Valentine Langton xx^^, to be paid within one month. 
To my sonne Peregrine Langton xxx^*. to be paid within month, 
and I further give him all the lands and other profits mentioned in 
Indentures upon my sonne William's marriage with Troth Little- 
burye. To my youngest sonne Robert Langton cccc^*., and as he 
is within age, I will that my sonne William Langton shall stand 
executor and prove this my last will, and then pay the said cccc^. 
to dame Katherin my wife for the use of the said Robert her sonne. 
To my brother Doctor Langton x^*. To Paule Walker, my Cooke, 
vj^^. xiijs. iiijd. besides his wages. To Thomas Dunne, my servante, 
v". besides his wages. To my servante Magdalen iij^*. vjs. viijd., 
besides her wages. To everyone of my servantes at Bellue one 
whole yeare's wages above their wages due. To the pore of Langton 
xxs. To the pore of Sausthorpe, Hagworthingham, Bellue, Mauble- 
thorpe, Mumbye, Welton, Skendlebie and Ashbie Puerorum, each 
of them xs. I make my sonne William Langton sole executor. I 
make John Butler of Boughton, gentleman, supervisor, and give 
him x^. If my sonne William refuse, then my wife Katherin is 
to be executor, and I make S^ Roger Dalyson, Knight, supervisor, 
giving him xx". Residue of goods to my executor. 

Memorandum. The saide S*^ John Langton did againe declare 
this to be his last will etc. 9 Oct. 161 6. 

Prob. at Lincoln 30 Nov. 1616 by Ex'. William Langton. 

Personalty sworn 43971*. 3s. Od. 

The head of this ancient family. The present family of Langton does not, however, 
descend from him, bnt from his brother -William Langton, who was President of Magdalen 
Ck>ll., Oxford, and whose son George Langton, who died in 1695, left a son, George Langton, 
who was the father of Bennet Langton, whose son, also called Bennet, was the intimate fHend 
of Dr. Johnson. From him the present head of the family Bennet Biothes Langton descends. 
Sir John Langton's son by his 1st wife Elizabeth Dalyson, William Langton, left no issue by 
his wife Troth, danghter of Thomas Littlebnry of Stainsby . His other sons, Roger, Valentine, 
and Peregrine, all died S.P. His danghter Blizabeth married William Locton of Swineshead. 
His daughter Margaret married Christopher Holme of Paul Holme, in Yorkshire ; and his 
daughter Hose, Sir William Quadring, Knt., of Irby. 



Tbe 22nd Sept. 14th Jac. I. I Elizabeth Thorold of 
Haverholme in the County of Lincoln. My body to be buried in 
the Church of Marston as neere my sister Mary Thorold as 
conveniently may bee. Item to Ann W*coat (Wiichcoat) the 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 143 

eldest daughter of Mr. Josua Whichcoat of Hayerholme xx^., and 
to Hellen Whichcoat, daughter of the said Josua, xl". To my 
brother Eoger Hatclife xP*. To my brother Edmund Hatclife xP*, ; 
also to my brother Vincent Hatclife xl". To my sister Colbee x"., 
and to my brother Colbee vj^\ xiijs. iiijd. ; and v". to my brother 
Whichcoat's daughter Millicent, and v^*. to his daughter Mary 
Whichcoat. To my godson Thomas Colby, sonne of Christopher 
Colby, xl". To Hellen Colby daughter of the said Christopher 
XX markes. To the rest of his children, viz., Anthony, Markham, 
and Isabell vj^. xiijs. iiijd. apiece. To my brother S' Anthony 
Thorold, and to my sister Thorold his wife, xls. to buy them two 
severall ringes. To the two daughters of the said S"^ Anthony, 
Ann and Mary, v^^ apiece to be bestowed in ringes. To my uncle 
S' John xxxs.^ and as much to his lady, and to my cosen William 
Thorold, son of the said S' John, xxs., and also to his two 
daughters Abigail and Martha xxs. apiece (small legacies etc.). To 
Mrs. Mary ffletcher xs. To the poore of Corringham xxxs. To the 
poore of Marston xxxs. To the poore of West barrowe xxvjs. viijd. 
To the poore of Anwick xxs. To the poore of Blanckney xs. To 
Mrs. Marrowe of Grantham xs. To Mrs. Ann Whichcoat of 
Howell xs. To Mrs. Butler of Boughton a Jewell, and to Mrs. 
Burton of Sleaford a Jewell. To my cosen Katherine, wife of Mr. 
Anthony Thorold, a JewelL To Mrs. Wood of Anwick a Jewell. 
To Mrs. Oarsby of Anwick a Coife and a crossecloth. To the 
servants of my brother Josua Whichcoat xxxs. To Mr. Nelson 
parson of Hougham xxs. To my lady Whichcoat xxs. To my 
godson Thomas Whichcoat, son S' Hamond Whichcoat, xls. To 
Mr. Clifford of Corringham xs. To Mrs. Clifford a black cheane, 
and to Mrs. Godfrey wife of Joseph Godfrey a blacke jet cheane. 
I give the pk fsic,) of a buf taffety gowne, given to me by my 
sister Mary, to my sister Whichcoat. Residue of my apparreU 
equallie to my sister Whichcoat and my cosen Anthony Thorold, 
supervisors, and give each xxs., and my brother William Thorold 
and my brother Josuah Whichcoat executors, to whom I give the 
residue of my goods. Signed by me Elizabeth Thorold. 

Prob. at Lincoln 29 Nov. 1616 by Joshua Whichcote gent., power 
reserved to William Thorold. 

She was the daughter of William Thorold of Marston, by Frances, daughter of Sir Robert 
Tyrwhit, Ent., of Kettleby. Her sisler, Martha Thorold, had married Joshna Whichcote of 
Bayerholm, a son of Thomas Whichcote, a younger brother of Robert Whichcote of Harps- 
well and Dnnston (see Vis. of Lino., 1662, p. 186). Her sister, Anne Thorold, had married 
Christopher Colby of Grantham. 



The 2nd April Uth Jac. L I William Thorold of Harmeston 
in the County of Lincoln^ Esquier, sicke in bodie; my body I 

144 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

leave to be buried in tbe Chancell of the Church of Harmeston. 
To my lovinge mother Mrs. Margaret Thorold in howshold stuffe to 
the value of v^^, and v". in money. To my brother Mr. Thomas 
Thorold^ the same to the valu*e of xx"., to be valued as before by 
fower indifferent persons. To my sister Mrs. Jane Disney, widowe, 
v^^. To my brother Mr. Thomas Disney, and my sister his wife, 
x*^ between them. To my brother Nedham, and my sister his 
wife, x". between them. To my brother Gentle and my sister his 
wife, x^^ between them. To my brother Henry Camocke and my 
sister his wife, v^^. To S' William Sherard, knight, xls. To my 
brother Simon Sherard, my sister Saltmarshe, and my sister 
Dorothy Sherard, to each of them two angells in gould for ringes. 
To my nephew Mr. John Sherard, xls. To my nephew Mr. 
Thomas Disney, v^*. To the other three sons of my sister Mrs. 
Jane Disney, widowe, viz., William, John, and Richard Disney v^*. 
apiece. To Jane and Anne daughters of my said sister, x^. apiece. 
To John, George and Anthony, sons of my brother Nedham, v^. 
Apiece ; and to his two daughters, Winifride and Sara, x^'. apiece. 
To my nephew John Gregge, xls. To my neece Jane Gregge, v^. 
To my nephewe Humfrey Hall, v**. To my nepbewe William 
Camocke, v^. To my nephew Robert Sherard, xxs. To my neece 
Elizabeth Sherard, xxs. To Mr. John Vincent, vicar of Harmes- 
ton, xxs. To my cosen George Thorold, my godson, xs To my 
cosen Robert^Thorold my godson, son of my cosen Mr. Alexander 
Thorold, xs. To my cosen Jane Thorold, my goddaughter, 
daughter to my cosen Mr. Anthony Thorold, xs. To my godson 
Guidoe Disney son of S' Henry Disney knight, xs. To 
William Middlebrooke, of Newarke, my godson, xs. (Small legacies 
to servants). All the above legacies to be paid by my executrix 
within two years of my death, save those to Humfrey Hall and 
William Camocke, which are to be paid when they are 21 ; and 
and those to my godchildren which are not to be paid till they are 
severally 7 years of age each. To the poore of Harmeston the 
yearly sum of xxs. for 21 years after my decease; to be paid by my 
executrix, and after her death by my brother Thomas Thorold. To 
the poore of Bassingham xls. to be paid within 6 months of my 
decease. Residue of goods to my welbeloved wife Rose Thorold 
whom I make full executrix ; and I bequeath to her all my lands 
etc. in ^avenby in the county of Lincoln which I purchased of 
S' Thomas Grantham, knight, with full power to sell etc. My 
brother Thomas Thorold to have the first offer, and if he pay Ixxx". 
to have the lands. I make my lovinge cosen John Thorold of 
Morton, esquire, my lovinge nephewe Thomas Disney of Somerton 
Castle, supervisors, and give them xls. each ; they to determine any 
doubte or ambiguitie in this my last will. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS. 1600-1617. 145 

Codicil 8 Jane 1616. Testator's mother, Mrs. Margaret Thorold, 
having died, he leaves her bequest to his executrix ; viz. v^^ worth 
of household stuff, and v". in money. 

Prob. at Lincoln 28 Sept. 1616 by Ex^ 

He was the eldeet son of William Thorold (by Margraret Baldock hie wife) who was the 
2nd son of William Thorold of Marstonf and the first of the Harmston line. His wife was 
Rose, danghter of Rowland Sherard of Lobthorpe, by whom he had no issue. His sister Jane 
married Bdward Disney of Garlton-le-Hoorland ; his sister Anne, Thomas Disney of Newark ; 
his sister Martha, George Nedham ; his sister Elizabeth, Robert Gregg of Harmston ; his 
sister Frances, Henry Camock, and afterwards Thomas Hall of Donington. This will explain 
some of the bequests in the will. 


The 22nd Oct. 1615. I Margaret Thorolde of Harmestone, 
widow, late wife of William Thorolde of Harmestone, Esq., deceased, 
beinge in healthe of bodie and mynde, but, weake by reason of 
those mine yeares which god hath lent unto me, for whiche I blesse 
his name. Whereas I have latelie distributed and disposed most 
of my goods and chattells unto my children and grandchildren, and 
am desirous to bestowe the remainder etc. To the poore of Harmeston 
xxs. To my sonne Mr. William Thorolde one large presse of oke 
or wainescott, and one cubbord over the chimney, both being in my 
lodgeing chamber. To my sonne Thomas Thorolde one stronge 
cheist of waineskott haveinge twoe handles of iron. To my grand- 
child, Thomas Disney, one seale Einge of golde, being ingraven 
with his father's armes. To my daughter Mrs. Jaine Disney, 
widow, one plaine hoope ringe of golde. To Mr. John Vincent, 
vicar of Harmestone, xs. To my grandchild Sara Nedham, x^. 
when 18, or married. To every one of my sonne Mr. William 
Thorold's household servants in Harmestone xijd., and to my said 
sonne I release etc. all my right etc. in leases in Bassingham, 
Navenbie, or elsewhere. Residue of my goods to my kinde grand- 
childe Wenefride Needham whom I mdse full executrix. I make 
supervisors my said sonne Mr. William Thorold and my saide 
grandson Mr. Thomas Disney, hoping my executrix will be advised 
by them, 

Prob. at Lincoln 26 June 1616 by ex^. 

The mother of the foregoing testator. She was the daughter and helreM of a London 
merchant, Baldook by name. 



The 18th Dec. 1616. I George Aafordby of SpUlesbie, in the 
Countie of Lincolne, woollen draper, weake of bodie etc. My 
bodie to the earthe and my worldly goods ut sequitur. To my 
sister Mary Mihill, v^. to be paid on the 20th Aprill next ; also, a 
bedstead, featherbed etc., and my three Chests. To my brother 


146 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Christopher Mihill, parson of Conishohne, my mare. To John 
Asfordby, sonne of William Asfordby of Newarke, gent., x^. when 
21. To Katherine, Alice, Susan, and Dorothy Asfordby, daughters of 
the said William, xls. apiece when 17. To Cicely Asfordby 
daughter of Peregrine Asfordby, xxs., and to Charles Asfordby, 
Bonne of the said Peregrine, xxs., to be put into the hands of 
Charles Newcomen of Middle Saltfleetby till the said Charles and 
Cicely are 17. To my sister Jane Jennisone xxijs. to make a ringe, 
and the same to my sister Elizabeth Asfordby, my sister Ellen 
Asfordby, and my uncle William Skypwith of Wytherne. I 
ordeyne my brother William Asfordby full executor, and my 
brother Mihill supervisor. Witnesses William Skipwith, Tristram 
Skipwith, Anthony Skinner. 

Prob. at Lincoln 11 Jan, 1616 by ex', 

A lineal desoenduit of John Asfordby, of Asfordby, a hamlet in Bilsby, whose will see 
(No. 4, Ist series). By this time the Asfordbys had parted with most of their landed property, 
William Asfordby, the testator's brother, lived at Newark, See also their father's will, No. 
816, 1st series, and the note appended. 


The 9th April 1616. I ffrancis Marshall of Cockerington 
Leonard in the County of Lincoln vicar. My body to be buried 
in the Church yard. I give to the next Incumbent to my vicarage 
for and in consideration of the delapidations, all the Nates and the 
wood they lie uppon over the Hall, and all my bookes in my studdie 
or elsewhere except my debt booke and my offeriDge booke, and 
coppies of writings, bills and bondes, and other written papers 
which I will Margerie my wief shall have the use of; and if that 
will not content him, which is a greate deale more than I had, 
which have beene at great charges with repairinge olde houses, then 
I give to Margerie all the said premises, and let him take what he 
can by right get. To my sonne John Marshall in London vs. To 
my daughters Elizabeth and Susan Marshall xxs. each. I make 
my elder daughter Elizabeth Marshall, executrix. I owe v^^ xvijs. 
to my wief, given to her by Mr. Henrie Jenkinson now departed, 
which I am bound by covenant to pay. To my sister Elizabeth 
Huddleston I am bound to pay iijs. yearly, for the rent of xxxs. I 
have hyred of her, for her life ; then she hath given it to my two 
daughters. Eesidue to my wief Margerie. I make Thomas 
Huddleston supervisor and desire him to see my will performed 
for my poore infants' and his goddaughter's sake. 

At Louth 8 Oct. 1616. Admon, to Margery Marshall guardian 
of Elizabeth the Ex^. under age. 

I give this will as an eyidence that *' dilapidations'* was a olerioal grievance in the 
seventeenth oentory. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 147 


The 26th Aug. 1615. I Mary Thorold of the Heathe neare 
Grantham in the Countye of Lincoln, sick in my bodye etc. I will 
my Bodye be Buried in decent and comely manner in the Church 
of Marston soe neare the Bodye of William Thorold, Esq., my 
ffathei, late of Marston, deceased, as conveniently may be. To my 
sister Elizabeth Thorold c^. To Ellen one of the daughters of 
Christopher Colby, 1^. To Ann one of the daughters of Josua 
Whitchcote 1^^ ; the said sums to be paid to their fathers and put 
forth to their benefit. To Mr. Gilbert Bound x^. to buy him a 
horse. To my brothers Roger, Edmond, and Vincent, sonnes of 
Mr. George Hatcliffe, deceased, 1^. apiece. To the poore of Grant- 
ham, Marston, and Westborrow v^. to each towne. To Mary wife 
of Thomas Marshall, v^. To Luce wife of Thomas Kirke of 
Marston v^. To S^ Jarvis Clifton v^. to buy him a ringe. To 
Edward Blewitt xls. To Ann and Mary, daughters of my brother 
S' Anthony Thorold, xx nobles each to buy them two diamonde 
ringes. To the poore of Blankney and Hough' \^K to be equallie 
divided between them. Residue to my cosen Anthony Thorold 
esq., and my brother William Thorold, whome I make executors. 
I request S'^ Jarvis Clifton and S' John Thorold to be supervisors ; 
and I give S"^ John Thorold v^^. and his wife xxs. To my cosen 
Mr. Anthony Thorold's wife xls. To my cosen Mrs. Alice Tredway 
xxxs. To my cosens Abigail and Martha, daughters of Sr John 
Thorold, xxs. each. To Ann Walker xxs. To Raphe Parkins xxs. 
To John Parkins xxs. To everyone of the other servants of my 
cosen Mr. Anthony Thorold, vs. All which sums above bequeathed 
I will that my executors pay upon the recoverie and payment of 
such money as is due to me by bond by S' Anthony Thorold, my 
brother, S' Edward Tirwhitt and S' George ffitzwiUiams. 

Prob. 29 Sept., 1615 in C.P.C. and at Grantham 10 April 1616 
by Exrs. 

Another danghter of William Thorold of Marston, by Frances Tjrwblt^ and sister of 
Elizabeth Thorold of Haverholm, whose will has been given. • 



The first day of maye in the yeare of our lord god 1616. I 
Michaell Angevine of Saltfietbie all saints in the countie of Lincoln 
gentleman do make and ordayne this my last will, etc. fi&rst I 
comend my soule into the hands of God my maker and Redeemer 
trusting through my sure and stedfast faithe in Christ Jesus my 
saviour to be saved in the day of Judgment, and my bodye to be 
buried in the parishe church or churchyard of the said saltfletbie 

148 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

all saints at the discrecon of myne Executor hereafter named. To 
10 poor ffolks of my parish such as mine Executor shall think good 
of iijs. iiijd. and to echo of them iiijd. To the Cathedrall Churche 
of Lincoln yjd. Item I will and appoint that all my due dehts 
and the legacies of my Predecessor Mr. Bartholomew Ellis which 
by his last will and testament he gave to his children be respectively 
according to the said will and testament of him paid unto them. 
To John Angeyine my sonn to be paid unto him when of full age 
the sume of fortie poundes. And because I know that all my 
goodes and chattells, and the goodes and chattells of myne above- 
said Predecessor, the proportie wherof is vuallewed, will not in 
any sort amount to the full dischardge of my debts and legacies 
and the legacies of my said Predecessor, therefore I will and appoint 
that my syxe Acres of pasture lying in the parish of Trusthorp 
which I late purchased of one Robert Scortrith of the said parish 
of Trusthorp be sould to the better performance of this my last 
will by myne Executor herafter named, vid. Agnes my wife whom 
I doe make my sole Executor. 

Signed Michell Angevyn. 

Prob. at Louth 27 June 1 61 7 by Ex^ 

Personalty 143" 7s. 8d. 

The last, appeurently, of an ancient race, as his son John is nerer heard of afterwards. 
The AngeTines date back to the 12th centnry in Linoolnshire. They once held the manors of 
Theddlethorpe, West Keal, and Ashby by Homoastle ; besides large estates in Yorkshire. All 
seems to have passed away, and the testatcn: is evidently in bnt moderate oircomstanoes. See 
wills 72, 96 and 880, in 1st series. 



The fourth day of September 1615. I Anthony Meres of the 
City of Lincoln Esquire beinge in health of body and perfect 
remembrance thanked be god, yet being aged and often crasie and 
therefore calling to mind the frailty and shortnes of this life 
especially to olde people for the settinge of such worldlie goodes as 
god hath lent me in this life, make this my last will, etc. ffirste and 
principallie I give and bequeath my soule unto almighty god whoe 
gave it unto me, hoping assuredly that for his mercie and through 
the merits of my savior and Loid Jesus Christ he will receave the 
same into his blessed kingdome amongst his holy Saints and blessed 
servants, and my body to be buried in the Church of St. Swithin 
in the said Citie soe neare the body of my late wife as may be, and 
in such comely and decent order as by my executor and supervisors 
hereafter named shall be thought fitte and convenient. Item to my 
eldest Sonne Thomas besides the landes which I have given and 
leave to discend to him, one deepe silver gilte bole with a cover. 
Item to Marmaduke my sonne all my freehold lands in Nassington 
and elswhere in the County of Northampton to him and his heirs 
forever besides the coppiehold lands which alreadie I have given to 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 149 

him, and I give to him the sume of five hundreth pounds, to he 
paid him every yeare after my deathe one hundreth pounds till it he 
all paid, and I give to him more my hest white silver salte with a 
cover. Provided always that if the said Marmaduke shall any way 
directlie or indirectlie attempt, practice or goe ahout to defeate 
make voyd or impeache this my present will, etc. then all the said 
legacies and hequests to the said Marmaduke shall he utterlie voyd. 
Item to Bohert my sonne and to his heirs forever all my lands and 
tenements in Elirton in Holland in the countie of Lincoln which I 
hought of S' John Meres, knight, and which lately were 
Littlehuries, and I give him alsoe a longe silver percell gilte salte 
without a cover, and more I hequeath to him five hundreth pounds 
to he paid him within sixe monethes after my deathe or within one 
yeare after my deathe, soe that my executor doe pay to the said 
Eohert my sonne interest for the said sume of fewer hundreth 
pounds after the rate of tenn pounds for a hundreth from the ende 
of the said sixe monethes after my deathe soe longe as the saide 
porcion shall remayne unpaid. Item to Edward my sonne all that 
my messuage wherin I dwell in the Citie of Lincoln with all the 
glasse, seelinge, dores and locks therin and all the timher and stone 
in the yarde to him and his heires forever, savinge that I will that 
Anthony my sonne shall have and enjoye the same messuage and 
house one whole yeare after my deathe to his owne use without 
interruption. Item to my sonne Edward aU my lands and 
tenements in the City of Lincoln, and five hundreth poundes in 
money, which I will shall remain in my sonne Anthony's handes 
and keepinge untill he shall come out of his apprentishipp which 
my purpose is he shall he hound unto, and the said Anthony shall 
be hound unto the said Edward to pay to him the sayd sume of 
five hundreth poundes within six monethes after the end of his 
apprentishipp, and soe much more for the forhearinge thereof as 
shall amount to tenn poundes for every of the sayd hundreths for 
every yeare duringe such time as it shall remaine in the hands of 
the said Anthony after sixe monethes past nexte after my death. 
Provided that if the said Edward shall not he hound Apprentise 
then the said five hundreth pounds shall remaine in the hands of 
the said Anthony my Executor untill the said Edward shall come 
to the age of one and twentie yeares. And if the saide Edward he 
hound an Apprentise to any trade or occupation I will and give to 
him one hundreth marks more for his bindinge prentise. Item to 
said Edward half a dozen of my best silver spoones. Item to Mary 
my daughter eight hundreth poundes in money to be paid to her 
within sixe monethes after my deathe over and besides the three 
hundreth poundes for which shee hath sufficient bonde alreadie. 
And I further give her the billyment that was her mother's and 
what lynnen shee will have of myne at the time of my 
decease to the value of twenty nobles. I^rovided always that if 

160 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

she shaU receave her said porcion before her marriage she shall 
become bounde to my executor in the some of two thousand 
marks to leave one thousand marks of the said porcion to her 
brethren Eobert and Edward or the survivor of them equallie 
betwixte them to be divided if she fortune to dye before she be 
married. Item to Sara my sister twentie pounds in money. Item 
to Penelope wife of William fflinte xls. and to her daughter Anne 
tenne shillings. To my manservante which shall serve me at the 
time of my deathe, xls., and to my maydservante then, xxs. and I 
give to my kitchinge boy xs. To the poore to be d^tributed to 
them at my nowe dwellinge house in the City of Lincoln on 
Christmas even nexte after my deathe, xls., besides the distribucion 
which shalbe at my buriall. Besidue to Anthony Meres my sonne 
whome I make my onlie executor, charginge him on my blessinge 
justly and truly to performe the same. I make my lovinge freind 
and kinsman Mr. William Saltmarshe of Washingbrough Esquire, 
and my lovinge freinde and neighbour Kichard Smyth, Gentleman, 
supervisors. And whereas I have taken a bond of my said sonne 
Anthony of three thousand poundes for the performance of this 
said will and payment of the legacies therin mentioned, my intent 
is that the said Anthony my sonne shall not by any color or 
pretence of the executorship or otherwayes have any medlinge or 
to doe with the said bond taken of himself, but for that bond onely 
and not for anything else. (William Saltmarshe and Eichard 
Smyth are to enforce the said Anthony to performe this my will if 
he should be slacke therein as I hope he will not). I give to my 
supervisors for their paynes xls. 

Prob. in London 18 October 1616 Admon. given to Anthony 
Meres, ex^ 

Prob. at Lincoln 21 June 1617 by ex^ 

Personalty 2862^ l3s. 5d. 

This is an instanoe of an ancient Connty Family being Bared from ntter decay by the 
energy and skill of one member of it. The Merea, or Meeres family took a prominent place 
in ^e oonnty dnring the fifteenth century, representing it in Parliament^ and acting 
frequently as High Sheriff. But in 1687 John Meres of Eirton, the then head of Che family, 
disinherited to a great extent his eldest son by his first wife, Jane Tempest, Thomas Meres, 
and settled most of his estates on Anthony, his son by his second wife, Jane Bleasby. Two 
lines now descended from John Meres ; the yonnger, seated at Anbonm, fionrished till the 
BCTenteenth century, and then seems to have dwindled away. Sir John Meres, Knt., who 
died in 1680, and was buried at V^ashingborough, seems to have been the last of the junior 
line to take any part in county matters. He had a son Roger, but though he married and 
had a family, they seem no longer to have had any connexion with Lincolnshire. The 
Anboum estates had passed by purchase to the Nevile family. The elder line, which 
remained at Eirton in diminished state, made no show in the sixteenth century i The will of 
Francis M^res (son of the disinherited Thomas) given in the 1st series. No. 106, is that of a 
man in rery moderate circumstances. He died in 1667, leaving, with two other children, the 
testator Anthony, then under 18 years of age. But the fortunes of the disinherited branch 
now b^Tiui to turn. The estates of the Bussy family at Hougham came to the son of Francis 
Meres by the death without issue of Agnes, Lady Brudenell, who was thd heiress of the 
Bussys ; and the descendants of her aunt Joan (who was the wife of the disinherited Thomas 
Meres) inherited them. The testator, Anthony Meres, seems to have still further improved 
his fortune by merchandise. His younger son, Robttt Meres, who became Chancellor of 
Lincoln Cathedral, and Rector of Hougham^cum-Marston, died 7 Nov., 1662, aged 66. His 
elder brothers, Thomas and Anthony, having left no descendants, his son Sir Thomas 
Meres. Ent., became head of the family, and was M.P. for Lincoln, almost oontinnonBly, 
from 1660 to his death in 1708. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 151 


The undernamed ffrancis Boucher beeing of perfect memory 
maid this his last will and testament as foUoweth. 

La the name of God, amen. The xxxth day of October 1616. 
I ffrancis Boucher of nether Tointon alias Tointon by Homcastle 
in the countie of Lincoln gentleman, ffirst I give and commende 
my soule into the handes of Almighty God my creator, and Jesus 
Christ my most mercif ull savior and redeemer, and my body my 
will is that it be buried in the church or churchyard of nether 
Tointon. All my goods, my debts paid and funerall expenses 
discharged, I give unto Isabell my wife, Thomas Boucher and 
William Boucher my sonnes to be equally divided amongst them 
three. I make Isabell my wife my whole executrisse of this my 
last will, and Thomas Rowleston of Tointon aforesaid esquire my 

Prob. at Homcastle 28 June 1617 by Ex* 

The Bouchers, or Bowchers, of Low Toynton were a family of the leeser gentry. The 
testator may hare been a son of Arthnr Bondier of Low Toynton, whose will is given in Ist 
series, No. 79. The BoUestons of Watnall, oo. Notts., now own the Manor of Low Toynton. 



The first day of August a.d. 1615. I Thomas Walcotte of 
Walcotte in the Countie of Lincoln, gent., beinge in perfecte healthe, 
etc. ffirst I commend my soule into the hands of almightie god my 
maker, and redeemer, fully trustinge and beleevinge by the meritts 
of his death and passion to have free pardon and remission of all 
my sinnes and life everlastinge. Conceminge all my lands in 
Walcotte whatsoever I doe give them unto my brother Anthony 
Walcotte and his heirs for ever, lawfullie begotten of his bodie, etc., 
and all such profits rents and other rights as shall appertayne unto 
me out of my lands in Walcotte at the houre of my deathe. Failing 
such issue, to John Walcotte the sonne of my brother Harberte 
Walcotte and his heires etc. ; failing such issue to ffrancis Walcotte 
the daughter of my brother Harberte Walcotte and her heires, etc. ; 
failing such issue' to my brother Robert Harries of Kirton in 
Holland and to his heires forever. Item to my brother Henry 
Nelson of Hougham all my lands, tenements, etc., in Helpringham 
to him and his heirs forever. A legacie of fiftie pounds to my 
brother Anthony Walcotte, to my brother Henry Nelson's 
children, to my brother Robert Harries* children, to John 
Walcotte Sonne of my brother Harbert Walcotte, and to ffrancis 
Walcotte daughter of my brother Harbert Walcotte. To Anne 
Nelson daughter to my brother Henry Nelson a bedd furnished. 
To Anne Harries daughter to my brother Harries a bedd 

■:<.4 i« ..J*--. 

152 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

famished. All my houshold and other dead stuff I give to 
my brother Anthony Walcotte, John Walcotte, and ffrancis 
Walcotte equally to be divided amongst them. Provided always 
that I excepte out of this gifte and aU other giftes in this my will 
all such goods and chattels as I entred to and administered of at 
Swineshead after the death of my brother Harberte Walcotte, 
which goods or the value thereof as they are specified and com- 
prized in an Inventary I will shall remayne unto John and ffrancis 
Walcotte as of righte they oughte to have. Item all my quicke 
stocke of sheepe, horse and cattell togeather with such money as I 
shall have at the hower ol my death or shall belong unto mee in 
any man's hands whatsoever and all other things not heretofoie by 
this will bequeathed I will shall be equally divided into three 
partes; the one part I give to my brother Kelson's children; a 
second parte to John Walcotte, and ffrancis Walcotte, children 
-unto my brother Harberte Walcotte deceased ; and the third parte 
I will shall be equally divided betwixte John Walcotte and ffrancis 
Walcotte aforesaid and such children as my brother Anthony 
Walcotte shall have at such tyme as John and ffrancis Walcotte 
shall accomplish the age of one and twentie yeares, and be capable 
of their porcions here to them given, etc. (benefit of survivorship). 
If it shall please god that they departe this life not leavinge a 
survivor I will that the whole third parte be equally divided 
amongst my brother Eobert Harries' children. I make executors 
my brother Henry Kelson of Hougham, my brother Robert Harries 
of Kirton in Holland, and my brother Ajithony Walcotte of Lincoln 
to whose care and government I commit John and ffrancis Walcotte 
till they are 21. 

A schedule of divers legacies given by the said Testator, not 
specified in his will, in the presence and hearing of his executors 
and others a little before his death 1616. Imprimis to the poore 
people of Walcotte to be disposed of by his sayd executors 
xiij**. vjs. viijd. To the poore of ffolkingham in like manner 
vj^. xiijs. iiijd. To Mr. Leuinston xls. To Elizabeth his servante 
for her paynes duringe his sickness iij^. vjs. viiijd. To Eustace 
Hopkins of Morton some apparrell and some annuall aUowance at 
the discretion of his executors. To Eichard Tauemer, John 
Goldinge and William the younger shepheard each of them one 
ewe, and a lambe, neither of the best nor worst. To every cottier 
being a houshoulder in Walcotte xijd. To each of the children 
of the said Eichard Tauerner one lambe. To the poore people of 
these neighbor townes Pickworth, I^ewton, ffreckingham and 
Hacebie, to each towne vs. 

Prob. at Grantham 10 July 1616 by Ex™. 

Personalty 1443". Ts. 2d. and 781*. 3g. 2d. 

The testator was brother of Harbert Walcott whose will has been given. The Waloetts 
were Parliamentarians, as most of the Holland and Eesteven families were. Hnmphtej 
Walcott was M.P. for Lincoln in 1M6, and for the oonnty in 1608. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600|jl6l7. 153 



The xxvijth day of January in the 30th yeare of James King of 
England, etc. I Thomas Wimberley of Spaldinge in the parts of 
Holland in the county of Lincoln, esquyer, being whole in body 
and of perfect and good remembrance (thanks be to god) yet con- 
sideringe the certainty of death to all flesh and that nothing is 
more uncertaine than the hower therol^ and having a great desyer 
to dispose those blessings which god hath given me to the payment 
of my debts and the good of my wife and children, etc. Imprimis 
I comytt and bequeathe my soule to almighty God my Creator 
assuredly trustinge that by the onely meritts of Jesus Christ my 
inercifull Eedeemer I shalbe saved and made partaker of his 
celestiall Kingdome; my body also I comitt to his mercifull 
protection during this life, and after to be buryed in the parish 
Church of Spaldinge if it please god it may conveniently. My will 
and mynde is that there be some money given to the releife of the 
poore at my buriall which stand in need, and come for that purpose, 
at the discrecion of my executrix and overseers. To the poore of 
Spalding one acre of land and pasture in Cowby tt in the occupation 
of — Colson, and 17 acres of marsh there also in tenure of my 
brother Edwardes, all which I bought of Mris. Co vile. And my 
will and mynde is that Bevill Wimberley my sonne shall make 
assurance of it to that purpose. Item I give to the poore of Bitch- 
fleld ten shillings a year during my lease of the parsonage there, 
which ten shillings I have taken order of by deed. Item to my wife 
flrances Wimberley all such lands in Spaldinge, Cowbitt, Pinch- 
becke, and Moulton during her life which I did covenante to make 
her a Joynture of before my marriage which appeare by a paper of 
indentures made betweene my father Bevill and myselfe, which 
indeed are all the landes which I then had in the townes aforesaid 
except ten acres in Spaldinge lyinge in Barker Howe then in the 
occupacion of my brother Bury of Bitchfield, which ten acres my 
will and mynde is shee shall also have duringe her life. Item to 
my wife the house I now dwell in with all appurtenances during 
the tyme shee shall remaine my widowe or relick after my decease ; 
also all those grounds I bought of Mr. Hoot and nowe hold by 
lease of the Queene for 99 years, (yf Bevill Wimberley, John 
Wimberley, and Gilbart Wimberley my sonnes shall soe long live) 
for and during the terme of 50 yeares yf my said wife and any of 
my said sonnes doe so long live ; which grounds lye in Spaldinge 
and Cowbytt in severall pastures, etc. called Moones medowe, 
Crosselands, Stongs. Item to my wife a house in Spaldinge in the 
occupacion of ffrances Caward for soe many yeares as shee shall 
live, if the said lease so long endure, also 4. acres of Copy late 

154 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Beetson's, duringe hei life; after her death my sonne BeviU to 
have these parcells of land, which he the said Bevill is bound to 
accept and take kyndly at his mother's hands for that he knoweth 
that by her good meanes and frugality shee did provide the money 
which paid for them aU. Item to Bevill Wimberley my eldest 
Sonne the house I dwell in and all my lands in fee simple or fee 
taile to him and his heirs forever, and all my leases in Spaldinge 
and Moulton, excepte the terme formerly given to my wife ; also 
one moiety and halfe of all my pewter, brasse, lynnen, woollen, 
beddinge, Iron ware, wooden ware, howsehold stuffe ; also one half 
of all my plate except one gilded Bole, which Bole and also the 
ringe I weare I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Evington my 
daughter. Item to Kichard Evington her sonne js}^; to Morrice 
Evington her sonne v^. ; to ffrancys Evington her daughter v". 
To Thomas Wimberley my sonne x^. a year out of the parsonage 
and farm I have in Bitchfield duringe his life (yf any .of the three 
named in the lease so long live). If he sells or assigns his annuity 
to any other than his mother or some of his brethren the annuity 
is to cease. To the said Thomas c^. to be paid within six months 
after ffrances Wimberley shall marry again after my death; if 
she do not marry then it is to be paid at her pleasure. To my 
sonne William Wimberley cc^. To my sonne Gilbert Wimberley 
cl^. and all my interest in a lease of the Queene in 26 acres of 
pasture in Weston called Cowmedowe. To my sonne John Wimberley 
my lease which I have in Bitchfield of my lord bishop of Lincoln ; 
if he die without issue my sonne Gilbart is to have the lease; and if he 
die without issue my sonne Bevill is to have it. If Bevill Wimberley 
die without issue, my sonne Thomas then living, my will is that 
my sonne John shall have aU my lands and leases in Holland, 
and other things given to my sonne Bevill by will, to him and 
his heires forever. And if my sonne John enjoy this last gift 
then my sonne Gilbart shall have my lease in Bitchfield, and then 
my Sonne Thomas shall have the rent of the 26 acres in Weston, 
but my sonne John is to have the lease thereof. And although 
there may be some defects in the settinge down these provisoes or 
contingences upon the deaths of my said sonues Bevill, John, 
and GUbart, yet hereby they may perceave what my mynd is in 
these matters, and what I would have done, and I hope they will 
goe as nere the performance of it as they cann. Item to my sonne 
Bevill two of my best horses or geldinges excepte one. To my 
brother Edwardes xxs. ; to my sister Edwardes xxs. ; to my cosen 
Eobert Edwardes xls. Item to Liddia Grantham v^. To Brigett 
Hutchinson my goddaughter xls. To every one of my household 
servants, viz., to my servingemen and chambermaide xxs. apeece, 
and the rest xs. apeece. To my brother Gilbart Bury v^. a yeare, 
and my sister xxs. a yeare out of Bitchfield which I have done by 
deed. Residue to my wife f&ancys Wimberley whom I make sole 


LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 155 

ex*, and overseers S' Robert Bevill and Mr. Anthony Oldfeild and 
I give them xxs. apeece. 

Prob. at Grantham 29 May 1616 by ex^ 

Personalty 2880^1. Gs. 8d. 

Another of the wealthy Spalding families whioh came to the front with the eerenteenth 
century. The testator had married Frances, daughter of Robert Berill of Chesterton, Co. 
Huntingdon, sister of Sir Robert BeyiU, Knt., and of Mai^aret, wife of Matthew Gamlyn of 
Fnlney Ball, Spalding. His daughter Blisabeth had married Nicholas Bvington of Halstead 
in Stizwold and Spalding, son of Richard Bvington, whose will has been given. 



This is the last will and testament of me Roger Quarles of Old 
Sleeford in the countie of Lincoln gent, ordayned and made this 
20th day of Aprill 1616. ffirst I bequeath unto my well beloved 
brother fifrancis Quarles of Uflford, Esquire, my best horse geldinge 
or mare with my best saddle and furniture therunto belonginge. 
Item wheras at this presente I hould divers lands and tenements in 
Hambleton in the countye of Rutland by two indented leases the 
one bearinge date 20 May, 43^. Elizabeth, made by the right worthy 
and renowned knight S^ John Harrington afterwards Lord 
Harrington, unto one Tobie Louedaie of Stamford, gent., for the 
terme of 28 yeares ; the other bearinge date 18 Sept. 1st Elizabeth, 
made by one Edward flferryes of Badgeley Clynton in the countye 
of Warwick, Esquire, to one Robert Harbotle of Egylton in the 
countye of Rutland, gent, for the tearme of 99 yeares ; of both 
which leases I the said Roger Quarles am rightfullie possessed ; all 
which said lands and tenements my mynde and will is shall be 
occupied and enjoyed togeather with the lands belonginge to my 
capitall messuage in Hambleton; and therefore I give and bequeath 
unto George Quarles my nephew, and sone of the aforesaid fbancis 
Quarles my brother, and to his issue lawfullie begotten all my 
estate, interest, tearme of yeares in the said premisses ; fedling his 
issue to James Quarles, Robert Quarles, and Doyle Quarles my 
nephews, and sones of the aforesaid ffrancis Quarles, successively as 
they or any of them shall have the inheritance of my capitall 
messuage in Hambleton aforesaid. Rut yett alwayes with the 
proviso that Elizabeth my wife shaU have and enjoy the aforesaid 
capitall messuage, lands and leases for all the yeares yet to come, 
yf she shall soe long live, paying yearley to the said George Quarles 
and his assigns or such other as shall have revercion of my capitall 
messuage and lands in Hambleton the some of iij^. And yf the 
said Elizabeth shall live till neare the expiracion of the said lease 
made by Lord Harrington then. my will is that George Quarles or 
such of my nephews as shall have the inheritance, at the death of 
the said Elizabeth my wief, of my said capitall messuage, shall at 
his own costs take a new lease of the said lands, and shall grant 

166 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

the same to the said Elizabeth at a yearlye rent of xij^. If he 
refase to do so, she is acquitted of paying the rent before mentioned. 
Item I give and bequeath unto George Quarles, or whoever has the 
immediate revercion of my capitall messuage aforesaid, my blewe 
and white silk bed with the blewe rugg Tester and vallons therto 
belonginge with my best fetherbed, boulster, two pillowes, one 
paire of blanketts, two paire of holland or flaxen sheets ; also all 
my bedsteades of woode onelye ; all my stooles, formes and chaires 
that be of woode without any other trimminge ; all my Tables and 
Tressers, with my lead and my two bigger brewinge fatts. 
(Elizabeth my wife to have the use of them for life). I give to my 
brother flrancis Quarles, my unckle Hicks, my uncle Charles 
Quarles, my aunte Hicks, and my aunte Whittingham, every of 
them, xxs. to make them ringes to weare for my ss^e. To Henry 
Drewry my servant vj^*. To John Hutton my servant iij^. ; 
provided they be servants to me at the time of my death. To the 
poore of Ufford and Hambleton to either towne xxs. My brother 
ffrancis Quarles to have my best Cloake with my best sworde with 
my best girdle and hingers belonginge, and also my best pair of 
silke stockinges with garters and shoe lymges (sic.) To my uncle John 
Quarles my second Cloake my other sword with the dagger 
belonginge to it ; also my best hatt ; my best sute of dublet and 
hose with my other paire of silk stockinges. Besidue to Elizabeth 
my well beloved wife whom I make sole Ex*. 
Prob. at Lincoln 11 Oct. 1616 by Ex^ 

This was a Northamptonshire ftunily seated at Uflord. The testator was the son of 
Oeorge Qnarles of TJflord, by Catherine, daughter of Sir John Ghaworth, Knt., of Go. Notts. 
His " Annt Whittingham " was Mabel, half-sister of his father, and wife of Biohard 
Whittingham of Boston. 


Memorandum. That on Saterday the seconde day of Auguste 
A.D. 1617 Mardocheas Bownell Clerke Person of Linwood in the 
Countye of Lincoln being of perfecte minde and memorie did make 
and declare his last will nuncupative in maner or to effecte followinge, 
viz., He did will that William Hanserde of Biskarthorpe esquire 
should Administer of all his goodes and pay his debtee and dispose 
of the Eemainder (yf any were) to the use of his wife and his 
children by her, and for his chOdren by his former wife he had 
provided soe for them, that he meante they should not deale any 
further in his goodes. In the presence of William Underwood, 
gent., Mris. Anne Deane, doctor Ogle, goodwife Hardwicke, Edward 
Hardwicke, and others. 

Frob. 22 Nov. 1617. Admon. given to William Hansard. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 157 


The 17th July 1617. I Thomas Enderbie of the parrish of 
St. Benedict's in the citie of Lincoln, gentleman , being sick in 
bodie but of good and perfect memorie doe make and ordaine, etc. 
I geye all my leases goods and chattels to my children which I 
will to be equallie divided amongst them, and I put Mr. Bichard 
Smyth and Mr. George Dickonson in trust with the disposing thereof 
and will they shall have the bringing up of my children. And my 
meaning and will further is that Mr. Richard Smyth and Mr. 
Dickonson shall out of my said leases goods and chatles allowe unto 
my wife a competent living and maintenance according to their 

Witnesses, Steph. Mason, M". Knight wife of Will. Knight, 
esquire, Richard Enderby the yonger, Gierke, with divers others. 

Prob. 4 Aug. 1617. Smyth and Dickonson renouncing the 
executorship, it was given to Ghristopher Golston, clerk, and Robert 
Smyth, of the city of Lincoln. 

There was a family of Enderby living at Metheringham ; poasibly the testator was of it. 



I George Booth late of Killingholme in the Countye of Lincoln, 
esquire, but now of Cauill in the Countye of Yorke. ffirst I 
bequeathe my soule to almightye god my maker and redeemer 
beseeching him of his infinite mercye to pardon and forgive me all 
my sins, and my body to be buried at Elillingholme at the end of the 
pew where my mother did use to sit in the church of Killingholme afore- 
said. Item whereas I did make an estate of all my goods to Michaell 
Fortington, William Monkton, and John Monkton my brother in 
law upon trust and confidence yt they should see the disposing of 
the said goods to the benefit of my wife and younger children, nowe 
I do give and bequeath all my said goods and all my other goods 
and Chattels whatsoever to Elizabeth my wife and my yonger 
children, viz., John, Mary, and Martha, and if my wife be with 
child, whether it be sonne or daughter, my mind and will is yt it 
shall have a part of my said goods with my said wife and other 
children, and my will and devise is yt the abovenamed gents, viz., 
Michael Fortington, William Monkton, and John Moi^ton shall 
performe and discharge the trust and confidence reposed in them 
for the benefit of my said wife and Children. Item whereas I am 
seised of certaine lands in Holdernes lying within the fields of 
Skyfflinge and Essington in the Countye of Yorke, and whereas I 
did purchase to me and my heires certaine lands in the parishe of 
Howdan and also certaine lands in East Halton now in the tenure 

158 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

of widdowe Homesey in the Countye of Lincoln I do hereby will 
and be(J[aeath all my said lands to John Booth my sonne and such 
younger sonne or sonnes as it shall please God to send me hereafter 
by my wife, to be equally divided betweene them during there 
naturall lives or the survivor of them, and after there decease then 
my will is yt the inheritance of all these lands shall remaine to 
William Booth my eldest sonne and the heires males of his body 
lawfuUye to be begotten; failing such, to John Booth; failing such, 
to the heires males of me the said George Booth ; failing such to 
my right heires for ever. I do give and bequeathe a thirde parte 
of all my lands in Killingholme to Phillip Monkton of Cauill, Esq., 
Michaell Portington and John Monkton, gents., for the space of 
xij yeares next after my decease which said thirde parte in three 
partes equallye to be divided my will is that the said Phillip 
Monkton, Michaell Portington and John Monkton or the survivour 
of them shall let the said third parte and receive the rents therof 
towards the amendment and increase of the porcions of my 
daughters and pay the same over to them accordinglie. Besidue of 
all my lands, manors, etc., to William Booth my eldest sonne and 
heire and to heires males of his bodye lawf ullie to be begotten ; 
failing them, to John Booth my sonne ; failing them, to my heires 
males ; failing them, to my next heires. Item, whereas Martha 
Booth my mother did give out of all her goods the some of ccc^^. 
to be paid to ffrancis Booth her grandchild, for which said some I 
the said George Booth do stand bound in the some of six hundred 
pounds to William Taylor of Bedford, Esq., Humfrey Newton of 
Lannden Grange in the Countye of Buccingham, gent., for payment 
of the said some of ccc^^. to the use of the said ffrancis ; Notwith- 
standinge it was expressed by my mother yt if the said fifrancis 
should die unmarried before shee come to the age of xxj yeares 
that then the said some should remaine to the use of my younger 
Children equallye to be divided amongst them ; now so it is that 
there is bond taken in the name of Sr Thomas Butler of Bednam 
for cc^*. of the sayd money, wherof S' Thomas Darrell and Thomas 
Tryppe stand bound for one c^., and the said Thomas Tryppe John 
Proctor of Thorneton and another man dwellinge in Gowsill for 
another c ., and the third hundreth pounds remaines in mine owne 
hands, also there is xv^. of the c^^ for a yeare and an halfe which 
is in the hands of Thomas Tryppe, for which sayd some of xv^. 
my brother tooke a bonde in his owne name of the aforesayd men 
for the use of the sayd ffrancis Booth ; All which bonds are now in 
my Custodye ; Therfore my will is that the said somes of ccc". 
and also the abovenamed xv^. which was in my brother's name and 
intended for her maintenance should be truly discharged accordinge 
to my mother's mynde and meaninge. I do make Elizabeth my 
wife, John my sonne, *Mary and Martha my daughters^ Joynt 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 159 

execntois of this my last will and testament. And my will and 
meaninge is yt my said wife shall have the taicion of my said 
Children untill they shall accomplishe the age of xxj yeares or be 
married. And I do appoint Philip Monkton of Cauell, ^^-9 
Michaell Portington of Portington and John Monkton of Thowp, 
gents., supervisors ; and I do give to every of my supervisors a 
peece of xxijs. in gold. In witnes wherof I the said George Booth e 
have hereunto set my hand and seale this xxixth of Marche a.d. 

Prob. at Lincoln 23 April 1617 by relict Elizabeth Booth. 
Power reserved to the others. 

Personalty 1106". 9s. 4d. 

He had married Elizabeth daughter of Marmadnke Monckton of Cayill, oo. York. The 
Booths oame in the fifteenth oentnry from Lancashire. They were Royalists and snflered 
for their loyalty. Possibly this helped to min them. At any rate the testator's grandson, 
John Booth, who died in 1686, lived at Harpswell ; and Eillingholme in 1710 passed to the 
Andrews family of Osgodl^. No legitimate male desoendants of the Killiogholme family are 
known to exist. 



The xxiijth daie of Januarie anno regni domini nostri Jacobi 
Begis Anglie duodecimo et Scotie qoadragesimo octavo annoqae 
domini nostri 1614. I Edward Kinge of Ashby Delaland in the 
Countie of Lincoln, esq., beinge in health of bodie and of good and 
perfecte memorie (I most humbly thanke my saviour for it) doe 
make and ordaine this my last wOl, etc. revokinge all former testa- 
ments and deeds of guift touchinge the disposicion either of my 
landes or of my goods and Chatties whatsoever, ffirste I commend 
my soule into the handes of the most glorious and holie Trinitie, 
God the father, God the sonne, and God the holie Ghoste, thre 
persons and one god everlastinge, assuredlie beleivinge by and 
onely throughe the bitter death and passion of my sweete Saviour 
Jesus Christe to have full remission of all my sinnes, and after this 
life to attaine everlastinge ioye and felicitie. As touching my 
bodye my will is the same to be decentlie enterred in the Chancell 
of the parish Churche of Ashbie aforesaid as nighe the bodye of my 
laite most deare wife Marie Elinge as convenientlie may be. Item 
I give for and towards the reparacions of the said Church the some 
of xxs. Item I give to the poorest Inhabitants of Ashbie Marton 
Digbie and Eowston iiij^. to be distributed at home at their houses 
by the discrecion of Executors with the advise of some of the better 
and sager sorfce of the inhabitants of everie of the said parishes. 
Wherein I would have the poore of Ashbye to be speciallie 
remembered. Item I will and devise to my sonne John Kinge 
my manor house of Salmonbie alias Salmondbie in the partes of 
Lindsey in the said Countie of Lincolne with all appurtenances, 
etc. Also those closes and groundes in Salmonbie hereafter 

- — wm 

160 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

paiticularly sett down, Le., The orchard close or Bash close, the 
Conie hill, osgrave hill, and Barton close, Hallowmore close, Haver 
lands close, Brantcliffe close, huntepitts, and the lowe feilde close, 
Becke farlonge, and the Eash close, the east feilde, Sheepe walke, 
the Linges alias Gallow hill and rotten fenn, Wharlowe close, 
Wheatelands close, the dreahle lying in the east and west feilds 
containing xxx acres in a feild or thereahoats, which manor and 
lands were late in the tenure of Eichard Caterton. Item I giye to 
my Sonne John Kinge my farme in Lesingham, etc., in as large 
and ample manner^as Eohert Eeynolds nowe holdeth the same and 
also my farme, etc. in Walcott Waterside wherein Sirat Baell now 
inhabiteth, to have to hold all the above premises to him and his 
heirs forever. The Eesidue of all my manors, lands, etc. and the 
righte of Patronage of the Churches of Ashbie and Salmonbie my 
will is that they shall discende and come to my sonne Eicharde 
Kinge and the heires male of his bodye lawfuUie begotten. Item 
I give to my sonne John Kinge the some of cc^*. to be paid him by 
my executor within two yeares after my decease in full recompense 
and satisfaction of his wives porcion, and of all former legacies 
given unto him by my father, or the late Ladye Cordell deceased* 
I give unto his wife my greate goblett of silver parcell gilt and one 
of my silver bell saltes without a cover. Item I give to eyther of 
the children of my said sonne John v^. apeece. Item I give unto 
my daughter Marie Kinge the some of vc. markes for her porcion, 
and if she desire to con tin ewe with her elder brother then my will 
is that she shall be allowed her 'bourd and chamber, and that my 
executor shall pay unto her teun pounds a year so long as she shall 
continew with him, and that he hath her porcion of vc. markes in 
his handes. A.nd yf she shall be disposed to marrie or to go 
soiourne with any other of her friends, and not with her elder 
brother, then my will is that after lawful warninge given by her unto 
him herof, that the said executor shall paye unto her the saide vc 
markes, etc. Item I give to my saide daughter Marie my chaine of gold 
which she doth usuallie weare, and likewise the Jewells, peeces of 
border, and buttons of goldsmiths worke, which she sometyme 
weareth, and are in her possession. Item I give unto her my best 
blacke Tablett with a pearle hanginge att ytt, and the seconde 
paire of Braceletts which were her mothers. Item I give unto my 
daughter Gawdron my lesser blacke Tablett havinge a pearle 
hanginge at ytt. Item to everie of her children v^^ a peece. Item 
to my sonne Cawdron a Einge of golde, or a Jacobine to buy one 
with. Item to my daughter Elizabeth Kinge my Einge with a 
pointed diamonde which I usuallie were, my crosse of diamondes 
the best paire of Braceletts and my Chaine of Aggatt and pearle. 
To everie man servante that shall serve me at the tyme of my 
decease, receiving wages of me, xs. a peece over and above their 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 161 

wages then due. To everie maidservante, etc. vjs. viijd. Residue 
of all my goods to my sonne Eicharde Kinge whom I make sole 
executor. The xxiijth day of Januarie 1614. 

A codicill annexed to this my present last will and testament 
the ixth day of Jnne 1617. Item I do further will and devise unto 
my saide sonne John Einge all these severall cottages hereafter 
particularly sett downe and mentioned; the Cottage wherein 
William Harrison now dwelleth in Salmonby with all his commons 
of Key gaite and sheepe gaite in greate Acre, and *the sheepe pasture, 
and in other places in Salmonbie. Item all the other eight cottages 
in Salmonby, now in the severall occupacions of William Thewe, 
John Mitinge, Widdowe Kidd, Thomas Emerson, William Lawson, 
Eoberte SttdSbrde, Eoberte Marshall and Seathe East, to him and 
his heires forever. Lastlie I give and bequeathe to my right worthie 
and faithfuU freinde 8' John Meres, knight, a Einge of golde of 
the valewe of xls. to be inamiled on the outside and within to be 
ingraven these words, Donum Fidelia Amid. 

Prob. at Lincohi 26 Sept. 1617 by ex^ 

A new family, founded in Linoolnclhire by the testator, who married Ut Mary, daughter 
of Bichard Qopton, of Ford Hall, in Suffolk, and 21y Blizabeth, daughter and co-heir of 
Henry Keble, widow of Anthony Golly, of Glaston, Co. Rutland. He built the Hall at Ashby 
in 1690. The Kings took the side of the Parliament, and Col. Bdward King was a leading 
character during the civil war. The last heir male. Rev. John King, died without issue, a 
few years ago. The Beeves of Leadenham represent the family in the female line. 



The 19th April a.d. 1617. I Edward Saltmarshe of Strubby 
in the parishe of Langton next Wragbye in the Countye of Lincolne, 
esquire, sicke in bodye but of good and perfect memory, etc. I 
comitt my bodye to be buried in the Church of Langton aforesaid. 
To the poore of Langton xls. To the poore of Panton vjs. viijd. 
To the poore of Hatton vjs. viijd. To the poore of Wragbye 
vjs. viijd. to be distributed by the Churchwardens for the time 
being, and two of the substantiallest Inhabitants of the said Townes . 
to be named by my Executor, and xls. to be given the poore of 
Langton in manner foUowinge, viz., xs. at the tyme of my buriall, 
and the other xxxs. in three yeares next followinge atte the feast 
of Christmas onely. To my loveinge wife Hellen Saltmarshe the 
some of cc^. of lawfull money of England to be payed her in forme 
followinge, viz., c^. in and uppon the feast day of St. Martin the 
Bishope nexte, and the other c^. in and upon the xxiiijth day of 
June then nexte following. Item my mynde and will is that my 
said wife shall have all such beddiiige and houshold stuffe and 
other goods which were formerly her's before our marriage^ with 
such apparell as now shee hath upon Condicion yt such bond 
which I entred into to her brothers Mr. William Thorold and Mr. 

162 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Edmond Sherard for the use of my said wife may be delivered into 
the hcluds of my Executor cancelled or other release or discharge 
for the same made within two moneths after my decease. Item I 
give to the Ladye Eure my Sonn William Saltmarshe's wife twos 
xxijs. peeces of gould. To my sonn Anthony Saltmarshe cc^., viz., 
c^^. therof to be payed him within half a yeare after my decease, 
and c^^ within one yeare next ensuing. To my daughter Saltmarshe 
his wife xxijs. of gould. And to my grandchild William ther sone 
another xxijs. poece. Item to Hellen Lounde my grandchild xl^. 
to be payed at hir full age or marriage. Item to my grandchild 
Thomas Saltmarshe sone and heire apparent of my sone William 
Saltmarshe one guylt bole. To my brother Anthony Saltmarshe's 
«one John towe xxijs. peeces beside the c. markes which I stand 
bound to pay him. I give to my sone Lound his wife and children, 
except Hellen Lound, the some of x^^ to be equally divided among 
them. To Elizabeth Mounson my Cosen iij". vjs. viijd. To my 
nephewe Edward Townende one xxijs. peece. Item I give and 
remitt to my brother Edward Portington x". which he oweth mee. 
Item to my sister Shepard half a xxijs. peece. To John Duncan 
my servant xls. To the rest of my servants ys. apcece besides 
their wages. To Henry Osgarby vs. Eesidue to William Salt- 
marshe my sone whome I make sole executor. 

Prob. 3 Oct. 1617 by Ex'. 

Personalty 700". 

See pedigree in Vis. of lina. 1662. His daughter OasBandra had married Robert Lownd 
of Winterton. His Ist 'wife was Blizabeth, daughter of William Smyth ol Honington. His 
2nd, Helen, daughter of Rowland Sherard, of Stapleford, and eister of Roee, wife of William 
Thorold of Marston. Marr. Licenoe dated 9th May, 1604. ** Bdward Saltmarshe, of Stmbby, 
parish of Langton, Bsq., and BUinor Sherrard of Staynby, spinster." 



I John Kingestone of Great Oiimsbie in the Gountie of 
Lincolne, esqnire, sick of bodie, etc. I bequeath my soule into 
the handes of almightie god, and my bodie to the earth from 
whence it came, and to be buried in the Parish Ohurche of Great 
Grimsbie. My will is yt my great Lea Close in Welesbie shall bee 
sould for the payment of my debtes and the discharginge of my 
legacies and funerall expenses, for the finding of the Office and 
other things belonging to the heires right, and the remainder therof 
to redeeme the house morgaged to Mris. Wright; Mr. Michaell 
Spencer and Mr. Paul Cooke to sell the said Close to the uses 
aforesaid. To my grandchild Jarvis Hollis xx^. a yeare towardes 
his education duringe the life of Katharine my now wife to bee 
paid out of my land in Humberstone. Item to my unkle Eobert 
Empringham my best cloake. To Kichard Needham, my sonne-in- 
lawe, vj". a yeare during his naturall life to be paid out of my 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 163 

landes in Welesbie. To the poore of Grimsbie xs. To my god- 
son Gregorie Garth xls. a yeare duringe his nonage, to be paid out 
of my Calfe Close. Item I give to Jarvis HoUis my grandchilde 
all my lands, and tenements, after the decease of Katharine my 
now wife, to him and his heires forever (exceptinge one close for- 
merlie appointed to be sould for the payment of my debtes). If 
hee shall departe this life before he is 21, then my will is and I 
give and bequeath unto my said unkle Eobert Empringham and to 
his heires forever one Close called Midle Carre lyinge in Welesbie 
in the parishe of Clee. In like manner I give unto my sonne in 
lawe ffretchvyle Holies and his heires all my lands in Humberston 
if the said Jarvis shall happen to die as is aforesaid, and one Close 
called Calfe Close in Welesbie aforesaid. Item if the said Jarvis 
happen to die as is aforesaid then I give unto the maior and bur- 
gesses of Great Grimsbie their successors forever, one messuage in 
Great Grimsbie now in the tenure of Robert Laythrop upon the 
condicion yt the yearlie rent thereof bee bestowed upon the 
yearlie repaires of the parish Church of St. -James in Great 
Grimsbie. I give to Michaell Spencer gent, and Paule Cooke 
either of them a xjs. peece of gold in remembrance of my 
love and their paines. My will is that Mr. William Burghe esq. 
shall enjoye the Close called Midle Carre and the old hay therin 
untill the annuntiation of our Ladie next cominge, for which I 
have formerly receaved the rent, aforehand without payinge anie 
Rent. My will is that George Blyth shall enjoye the Close called 
Calfe Close untill the annuntiation of the blessed virgine Mary 
next cominge without anie Rent at all. I make and ordaine Mr. 
Robert Halton of Swinnoppe in the Countie of Lincoln, gent., my 
trustie wellbeloved friend, my sole executor ; requiring him to see 
my bodie in xpianlike manner to bee brought to the grounde, my 
iuste debts and legacies to be discharged. I make Charles Garth 
and Richard Knowles, clerks, supervisors ; and give either of them 
a xjs. peece of gold in remembrance of my love. 

Debts. Maii 260 1617. 
Imprimis to Mris. Wright 
Item to Mr. Spencer 
Item to Edward Esterbie ... ... ... ... xx^^. ijs. vj d. 

Item to Mr, Owen of Hull, draper iiij^*. xixs. ixd. 

Item to Mris. Grace ... ... ... ... xlviijs. 

Item to Robert Sea ... ... ... ... Is. iiijd. 

Item to John Prime ... ... ... ... iijs. jd. 

Item to Leonard Hustwaite ... ... ... v\js. 

Item to David Ragg ijs. xd. 

Item to Dauson ... ... ... xviijd. 

Item to Thomas Dewis ... ... ... ... xxviijd 

Item to Robert East ... .. ... ... xvjs 

Item to Mr. Smyth of Lincoln 

164 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Item to Mr. Burghe vjs. viijd. 

Item to Anne Tumin his servant... ... ... xxiijs. 

Item to Edward Burke ... ... ... ... xs. 

Item to Mr. Empringbam for a calder of coles ... xiijs. iiijd. 

Item to Mr. Keedham ... ... ... ... xjs. 

Item to Richard Mann ... ... ... xiiijs. 

Item to Mr. Holies ... ... ... ... xxxs. 

Item to Mason's wife ... ... ... ... xiiijd. 

Prob. 13 June 1617 by Ex'. 

His grandson was Oervase Holies, the celebrated antiqaary. 



I William Skipwith of Wethearne sicke in bodye, etc, I 
bequeath unto God almighty my soule and my body to be buryed 
wheare itt pleaseth my executor. I give unto Seisseley my wife 
that my lease at Snelling which I hould by the Great {sic) of S*^ 
George Sampole, Knight, deceased. Item I give unto my sayd 
wife tenn kine and forty shepe att my executor's discreassion, and 
tow meares, one sorill bald one, and the other a gray, and all my 
houshold stuf, provided always that if my sayde wife be not pleased 
vnth the giftes and leageses abovesaid, and refuse them, that then 
my will is that my executor shall ansuer her xx^. a yeare during 
her life, according to my Covenant that I mad with S' John 
Langton, knight, and give her x**. in money. Item I give to my 
brother Tristerum Skipwith all the money that he oweth me. Item 
I give unto my brother Tristerum my Lease in mabellthorpe which 
I hould of Mr, Matthew Houlland. Item to my nephew William 
Skipwith ef Maltbie xxx^. Item to my sister Margaret Hearyngton 
of Skidbrough v". Item I give unto John Skipwith my Brother 
sonn, and Marthe stampe, that seannscore (sevenscore) pound to be 
equally divided betwixt them when it grow dew upon a morgedge 
of sartin lande in Weatheme in the Countie of Lincolne maid unto 
me by S' George ffitzwilliam, Ejiight, and Thomas Sto, and if the 
said morgedge be not redeemed my will is if the said John Skipwith 
do pay unto Marthe Stamp seannty poundes that then he shall 
have the said lands, and if he do not pay the said seannty 
poundes, that she the said Marthe shall have one halfe of the 
said landes for morgedge; and if the said Marthe Stampe do departe 
this life before the money grow dew upon the said morgedge oi 
forfeiture, then that part which I have given to her I give to 
Tristrim Skipwith my brother. Item I give to William flishwicke 
foure pounds that he oweth me. Besidue I bequeath to Gawin 
Skipwith whome I make sole executor. I ordayne my Cossen 
Skipwith of Beningworth my supervisor and do give him for his 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 165 

paines xxxxs. I give to the Ladye ffitzwylliam my Gray Gelding. 
Item I give to Marthe Stamp my Irish nadg. In T^itness tberof I 
I have set my hande and seale the 5th Dec. 1617. 
Prob. at Lincoln 17 Dec. 1617 by Ex'. 

A yonnger son of Gawen SUpwith, of Stalne-in-the-Manh, who was an illegitimate eon of 
Sir William Skipwitb, Ent., of Soath Ormeby. 


The 7th Aprill 1617. I Henrie Oust of Pinchbeck in the 
Countie of Lincoln, yeoman^ being sick in bodie but sound in soule, 
and of a good remembrance (god be therfore praised) do ordaine 
and make this my last will, etc. I bequeath my soule into the 
hands of almighty god my maker, and his sonne Jesus Christ my 
saviour and redeemer by whose death I trust to bee saved, and my 
bodie to the earthe. I give to Josua Gust my sonne seaven acres 
and a messuage late Coyes, quondam Mallets, Goppyhold, one 
cottage and foure acres late Langtons coppyhold, two acres late 
Piatts freehold, nine acres called Britch, and twelve acres called 
Poudrells lately purchased of John Anderson and Eichard Barfoote 
of Boston, gent., and twelve acres of freehold in the parish of 
Spaldinge wherof two acres dim. (».6., a half) in the tenure of 
Thomas Davys, all which foresaid lands I give them to the foresaid 
Josua my sonne all the legacies given to him before of his late 
mother. Item I give to him my foure maires named Byard, Star, 
Graybeard, and Cutt, Cart and Cartgeares, plow and plowgeares. 
Item I give him one nagge called Mastyn. Item I give to Sarah 
Gust my daughter all that plate, lynninge, money, beddinge, and 
housholde stuffe given to her by her late mother. Also I give her 
cc^'. to bee paid by my executor when she accomplishe the age of 
one and twenty yeares. Item I give to her x^^ yearlie and everie 
yeore whilst shee accomplishe the age of one and twenty yeares 
towards her maintenance. Item to Thomas Baite my servant 
iijs. iiijd. besides his wages. Item to my two maydservants called 
Mary and Bridget to either of them xs. To my sister Yonge's 
three children Ambrose, Richard, and Mary x^. to be equallie 
divided amongst them. Item to the poore of Pinchbeck^ xx^^ to 
be paid within one whole yeare next after my decease into the 
hands of the minister churchwardens and overseers for the poore 
for the tyme being to the sole and proper use of the poore forever. 
Residue to my sonne Samuell Gust whome I make sole executor. 
I surrender aJl my Goppyhold lands into the hands of William 
Slater, Richard Bistle, and John Herrys tenants of the manor. I 
make them supervisors of this my last will, and give either of them 
lys. iiijd. 

Prob. at Boston 14 April 1617 by Ex^ 

The ancestor of the noble family of Brownlow. The Giute for (KK) yean were at Pinch- 
beck nerer rising above the rank of yeoman till the serenteenth oentnrT. The rise was then 
rapid. They were on the side of the Parliament, and married a saoceiaon of heiresses almost 
nnparalleled in genealogical histoxy. 

166 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 


I William Goodhand of Binbrooke in the Countie of Lincoln, 
gent., sicke in bodie but of perfecte remembrance, etc. My body 
to the earthe from whence it came to be buried in the quier wheare 
my seate is in the church in Kirmond in the countie aforesaid. 
To. William Goodhand my second sonne xs. To John Goodhand 
my third sonne xs. To Eoger Banister xs. I give to every child 
my fourth sonne Edward Goodhand hath or shall have vs. To 
Charles Goodhand's eldest sonne, my grandchild, one standinge 
bedd in the great parlor in my house at Kirmond with all the 
turned long sadles and all the glasse windows in the same parlor ; 
also one of the greatest spitts. To everyone of Charles Goodhand's 
other children vs. To Andrew Goodhand, William Goodhand's 
eldest sonne, one standing bedd in the chamber over the brewhouse 
in Kirmond, one cubberd, one longe sadle, with all the seelinge in 
the same chamber, and the other of my greatest spitts. To every 
one of William Goodhand's children vs. Item to Andrew Good- 
hand more one brasen morter and paire of tonges and one gatelocke. 
To my brother John Goodhand one angell and all my apparell, and 
to everyone of his children vs To my sister Anne Hooke one 
swarme of bees, and to Benjamin Hooke vs. To John Nuttall vs. 
and everyone of my servants xijd. To the Church of Kirmond 
iijs. iiijd. To the poore of Kirmond xs. to be divided at the 
discretion of the minister and my sonne William Goodhand. 
Eesidue to my wife Anne Goodhand whome I make sole executrix. 
This 12th Aug. 1616. 

Prob. 26 May 1617 by relict and Ex^ 

See VU. of Lino., 1592, pa. 64. 



I Anne Goodhand of Binbrooke in the Countie of Lincoln, 
widdowe, sicke in bodye, etc. My body to be buried in the quier 
of KiriBond church by my husband. Item I give to my sonne 
William Goodhand x^^ To my sonne John Goodhand xs. To my 
sonne Edward Goodhand xxx^^ To my sonne George Goodhand 
cP*. uppon condition he shall give to his brother Nicholas Good- 
hand half the mouey he getteth by his brother Banister^s bond. 
To Andrew Goodhand, sonne to my sonne William Goodhand, v^*. 
To Ann Goodhand, daughter to my sonne iij^*., two brasse potts 
which hir father hath already, and to everyone of his other children 
Is. To Ann Goodhand daughter to my sonne Edward Goodhand 
iij". to be putt out by hir unkles Nicholas and George Goodhand 
to hir best use when shee doth accomplish the age of 12 yeares untill 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 167 

shee come to 20 yeares. To William Goodhand sonne to my said 
Sonne Edward iij^. (to be similarly put out). To my sonne George 
Goodhande more halfe my liousholde stuffe in consideracion that he 
shall beare the charges of my funeral!, and suits, with his brother 
Nicholas Goodhand. To Margaret Broke my daughter in law xxs. To 
my daughter in law Maudeland Myckethwayte xxs. I give to Dorotie 
Goodhand wife to my sonne Edward Goodhand one stone of haie, two 
stones of hempe, xxs., my blacke holyday gowne and my two holy 
day pettycottes. To Brian Talbott vs. To my sonne William 
Goodhand my lease at Kirmond which I have of my brother Good- 
hand on consideracion that he yeald up to his brethren Nicholas 
and George Goodhand untill maydaye next the growndes I now 
have in occupacion. To ffaith Goodhand wife to my sonne William 
Goodhand two angells of gould to make a ringe, and shee to weare 
it for my sake. To Elizabeth Hartburne one of my quie calves. 
To William Collingwood ijd. To John Trowlopp xijd. To John 
Braughton vjd. To Thomas Chesibrough one lamb. To Grace my 
maide vjd. To the poore of Kirmond xs. to be disposed of by my 
three sonnes William, Nicholas, and George Goodhand. To the 
church of Kirmond xijd. To the church of Binbrooke called Mary 
xijd. To my sonne in law Roger Banister xxs. Residue to my 
sonne Nicholas Goodhand whom I make sole executor. 28 Nov. 

An Goodhand hir marke. 

Prob. 5 Dec. 1617 by Ex^ 

She was the widow of the preceding testator, being his 2nd wife, and the daughter of 
George Gilby of Stainton-le-Hole. 



The 26th August 1617. IS' William Willoughby, Knight, 
Lord Willoughby of Parham, being sicke in bodie but of good and 
perfecte remembrance (thanks be given to God) doe make and 
ordeine this my last will and testament in manner and forme 
following, first and principally I doe give and bequeathe my soule 
into the handes of allmighty God and his son Jesus Christ by whose 
precious bloodshed uppon the Crosse only I hope to bee saved and 
my body to be buried where it shall please my executors. Item I 
give and bequeath unto ffrances my loving wife all manner of 
Jewells Chaines pearles and all her apparrell and other ornaments 
beelonging to her body which shee at any time hath worne. Item 
I doe give unto my said wife and ffrancis my sonn all such plate 
and houshold stuffe as are now in my house at Knathe equally to 
bee divided betweene them. Item I give unto my said sonn ilrancis 
all my whole armor with all manner of furniture for men and horses 
my Tentes with all other municions yt I have at my house at 

168 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

Knath aforesaid or els where within the Realme of England. Item 
I will and bequeathe that all my mannor or Lordshipp with the 
appurtenances called and knowne by the name of Minting Parke 
alias Thorley Parke in the County of Lincoln, and all other my 
my Lands Tenements and hereditaments whatsoever called or 
known by the name or names of Langton side, Andrew Hayles 
Gaudeby Storth, Hennage acre, Pattricke hole, Gaudby Lannds 
and MiUers garth, or by what name or names soever in the 
parishes of Gaudby and Minting or either of them, shalbe sould by 
my executors for and towards the payment of all my debts, the 
particulars wherof or the greatest parte therof are mentioned in a 
schedule hereunto annexed, and likewise for and towards the pay- 
ment of my daughters porcions in manner and forme as hereafter 
be expressed, that is to say I doe give and bequeath unto my 
daughter Elizabeth the some of one thousand pounds of good and 
lawfull money of England for her childes parte aud porcion to bee 
paid her uppon the day of her marriage or when shee shall fullie 
accomplishe the age of one and twenty yeares whether shall first 
happen. And if shee shall manie with the full consent and good 
liking of my wife and my executors then my will is and I doe give 
and bequeath unto my said daughter the some of two thousand 
pounds more for the bettring and furthering of her preferment. 
(Same portion with increase of one thousand pounds to daughter 
Frances). And if it fortune either of my daughters to departe this 
life before shee shalbee married or shall accomplish the age of 21 
yeares, then my will is that the said porcion of one thousand 
pounds shall remaine and be given unto my other daughter surviving 
when shee shall marrie, etc. And if it shall fortune that both my 
daughters departe this life, etc., then I will and bequeath that the 
money overplus and remaining of the prise of the said lands before 
limited to be sold (my debts being paid and satisfied) shall be put 
forth and imployed to the best benefit and profite of my heire to 
bee paid unto him at such time as he shall marrie or accomplish 
the age of 21 yeares. Item I give and bequeath to my sonn 
William one anuity or yearlie rent of two hundreth pounds of 
lawfull money of England to be issuing and going out of my mannor 
of Bardney to bee paid him yearly at the feasts of St. Michaell the 
archangell and the annunciation of the blessed vergine Mary by 
eaven and equall portions, whereof one hundreth to come to him 
at the age of xvij yeares, and the other hundreth when he shall 
accomplishe the age of xxj yeares,to be paid him during his naturall 
life and forty yeares after if he have either wife or child so longe 
living. Item I doe will and bequeath that all my fee simple lands, 
that is to say my mannor of Bardney and Southray, my mannors 
of Bucknall, Gaitburton, Stowe, Parham, and the Rectorie of Upton 
and Kexbie, and all my other fee simple lands within the realme of 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 169 

England shall be set, let, and disposed of by my executors daring 
the minority of my eldest sonne for and towards the payment of 
my debts and legacies, and towards the maintenance of my wife 
and the bringing upp of my children untill such tyme as they shall 
severally respectively receive such annuityes and porcions as by 
this my will I have given unto them as my executors shall thinke 
moste meete and convenient. Provided always that my eldest 
Sonne after he come to the age of sixteene yeares shall have a 
yearely rente or annuity of three hundreth poundes untill he come 
to the age of xxj yeares for and towards his education, and further 
my will is that such of my houshold servants as will shall have 
their diet in my house at Knath untill the feast of the annunciation 
of our Lady next, and then such and soe many as have served mee 
by the space of three yeares or more shall have one whole yeare's 
wages paid them at their departure by my executors. Item I will 
and bequeath that all my other goods and Chattells whatsoever 
shall be disposed of by my executors about my funerall expenses 
and the uses above specified, and I doe make make ordeine and 
appoint my loving cozen the lord Willoughby of Earsby, S' George 
Manners, and S' William Pelham the elder, executors of this my 
last will and testament, and I doe further ordeine and appointe 
firancis Earle of Kutland to be supervisor, intreating him yt hee 
will have a speciall care to see the same performed according to the 
trust which I repose in him. 

Witnesses hereof Ambrose Willoughby, William Hickman, 
Eichard Bolles, Thomas Tirwhitt, John Blake, Thomas Pinchbecke, 
Henry Eltoftes, John Ingram, Gregorie Wadeson. 

Vera copia examinata. Jo Pregion Notarius Publicus. 28 Aug. 

The father of Francis 5th Lord Willonghby of Parham, who, with the Barls of Man- 
chester and Lincoln, was one of the prominent leaders on the ^de of the Parliament. 



The 30th May 1617. I Adam Henneage of donington super 
bane in the County of Lincoln, gent., being sicke in bodi^ etc. 
My bodie to be buried where it shall please god. To the poore 
people of donington aforesaid iij^. to be put forth and imployed 
to the best profit yt may be, and the rent or increase thereof to be 
distributed to the poorest and most needfull people of the same 
towne yearlie at the discretion of the minister and churchwardens 
of donington. Item to the church of donington xxs. To the 
Cathedrall church of Lincoln xijd. To fi&ancis my wife all yt my 
capitall messuage wherein I nowe dwell with all houses, etc., 
belonging, and all other appurtenances. Also one oxgang of land 
arable meadow and pasture belonging to the dovecote and dovecote 

170 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

close and all appurtenances. Also one other oxgang called Pickering 
oxgang, with all houses, etc., belonging now in the tenure of Eobert 
Hard and Oliver Johnson. Also one other oxgang which I pur- 
chased of John West of donington. Item to the sayd ffrancis my 
wife all my messuage in Goulcebie wherein John Clarke now 
dwelleth ; and all my messuage in donington wherein James Clarke 
now dwelleth ; and also my late erected tenement in the tenure of 
John ffreshney with a yard and two acres of land on a side in the 
north and south feildes of donington ; also one little close adjoyning 
in the tenure of Edward Johnson ; to her the sayd ffrancis my wife 
during and until my sonne and heyre Eliah Henneage accomplish 
the age of xxj yeares, and no longer, at which age of xxj yeares my 
will and mind is the sayd Eliah Henneage shall enter in and upon 
the sayd lands, and possess them to and for the use of him and his 
heires. I give to my daughter Anne Stafford fortie and four pounds 
to be payd her before the xxxth day of November next after my 
decease. To my daughter Margaret Henneage fiftie poundes to be 
payd within 2 yeares after my decease. To my daughter Jane 
Henneage fiftie poundes to be payd her when 21 years of age or 
married. (Same to daughters Mary Heneage and Elizabeth 
Henneage). To my daughters Anne Stafford and Margaret 
Henneage to either of them a silver spoone. To my sonne Eliah 
Henneage four silver spoones, and one long framed table standing 
in the hall with the bench and formes belonging, also one fiiannders 
coffer and all that is within it. My will is that ffrancis my wife 
shall educate and maintain sufficiently with meate and drinke and 
apparreU and at schoole for their learning and instruction my sayd 
children, to witt Eliah Henneage, (Tane, Mary, and Elizabeth 
Henneage out of the sayd lands, etc., given to her during the nonage 
of the sayd Eliah Henneage. I give to my sonne James Henneage 
all that copyhold land in donington in tenure of William Barman 
and George Spooner with all appurtenances. Also all that copy- 
hold land in donington in tenure of John Bartholomew. Also all 
that copyhold land in Goulcebie in tenure of Peter Pindar and John 
Tomson ; to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever according 
to the Manor of donington. My will is that George Jones of 
Haynton, yeoman, shall have the educating and bringing up of my 
said son James Henneage. My will and mind is that my wife ffrancis 
shall make no wast of in or upon any of the trees, woodes, or under- 
wood growing upon the lands. Item my will and mind is that the 
said ffrancis my wife shall keepe and maintain my brother William 
Henneage with necessarye and sufficient maintenance as meate, 
drinke and apparreU during the time my sayd wife enjoyeth the 
landes, etc., and after the sayd time my will is my sayd sonne Eliah 
Henneage shall keepe and sufficientUe maintaine him the said 
William Henneage during his naturall life. I give to my brother 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 17l 

George Henneage xxs. To Katherine Lawrence xijd. and to every 
of my servants xijd. Eesidue to my wife ffrancis whom I make 
executrix. And I make my beloved friends Mr. William Hansard 
of Biskerthorpe, gent., and Mr. Tymothy Kent of donington afore- 
said, clerke, supervisors. 

Prob. at Horncastle 28 June 1617. 

A cadet of the Heneages of Hainton, bnt one whom I cannot identifv. His Marr. Licence 
dated 17 Jan., 1602,8. ** Adam Henneage and Francis Tailor (Gayton).'^ 



The lltb March 16th Jac. I. I John Prescott of Saltfleetby 
St. Peteres in the Countie of Lincoln, gentleman, beinge of perfecte 
health e and good remembrance, etc. My will is that my body be 
buried in the parrish quere of Salfletby St. Peteres, and a noble I 
give towardes the pavinge of it. To my eldest son John Prescott 
the sixtene acres called by the name mile wonge to him and his 
heires forever, and for want of heires to go to Peregrine and 
to his heires, and soe to Bichard and his heires and for 
want of heires to my three daughters and to their heires. Item 
I give my gould ringe to my son John, and the ij acres with 
the guifte of the patronage, I will it be selled to him that will 
give the most, and to be divided amonge the rest of my goodes 
to my fower children, Peregrine, Richard, Ann, and Elizabeth, and 
I will that my son Peregrine shall have the lease wherein I dwell 
ten pounds beter cheape than any will give without either fraude 
or guile. To the poore of Salfletby St. Peteres vs., and to the poore 
of Driby vs. to be paid to either of them upon good friday after my 
decease. To James and Ann Prescott, children of John Prescott 
of Driby late deceased, either of them a lamb to be given them at 
Lamas after my decease ; to fower of my brother James' children, 
James, Eoger, Susanna, Elizabeth, everyone of them a lambe. To 
Jane Orsby and the child that Catherine is with, if it live, either 
of them a lambe. To my daughter Orsby v^. To my son Orsby 
xs. To my sister Houlden a crowne of gould for a remembrance. 
Eesidue to be equally divided among my fower children. Peregrine, 
Eichard, Ann, and Elizabeth. To Edward and George Prescott, 
sons of John Prescott of Haunby (Hagnaby) either of them a 
lambe. My will is that my sonne John Prescott shall have the 
education of his brother Eichard and his portion during his 
minoritie, puttinge in sufficient bounds to my supervisor, and that 
my son John and my son Peregrine shall have the education of 
Elizabeth, and her portion, till shee come to the age of 18 yeares, 
putting in sufficient bounds. I ordaine my sons John and Peregrine 
Prescott executors, and my son Orsby supervisor. And my will is 
that if soe bee my super visour shall mislike upon just cause of the 

172 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

education of the two younger children or either of them, it shall he 
lawful for him to take them away and their portions upon halfe a 
yeare's warning, giving in theire hounds, and puttinge them in new 
sufficient hounds to the one or hoth. 

Prob. at Lincoln 14 May 1617 by John Prescott. 

Personalty, 392^*. 5s. 2d. 

The Fneootts of Driby appear in the Vie. of Line., 1684. The Saltfleetby ftunily was a 


The 12th Oct. 1615. I ffrancis Clement of Great Grimsby in 
the countie of Lincoln, Schoolmaster, being by God's grace of sound 
and perfect memory doe ordaine and make this my last will and 
testament in manner and forme following, ffirst I commend my 
soule into the mercifuU hands of God yt gave it me whoe I most 
assuredly know and believe for his sonne Jesus Christ, and the 
infinite worth and inestimable merit of his death and passion, and 
his unknowne sorrowes to redeeme my sins will most gratiously 
pardon, me and accept me in his beloved, and my body to be buried 
in the Church of Great Grimsby. To Eobert Halton of the said 
Great Grimsby gent., all those my lands and tenements in Newarke 
upon Trent in the county of Nottingham now in the tenure of 
William Wilson of the said Newarke, myller, and of one William 
Short of the said Newarke, shoemaker, to him and his heires forever. 
Item I give to S'^ Boger Halton, Knt., all the sumes of money 
which hee oweth me, and doe releeise him of all statutes morgages 
bonds deeds and grants whatsoever wherein hee the said S*^ Roger 
standeth indebted unto me. Item to firancis Massingberd the now 
wife of Thomas Massingberd of Bratoft, Esq., all those sumes of 
money whatsoever hee oweth me. To the poore of Great Grimsby 
iiij^. To the poore of Clee and Cleethorpes xxs. Residue to the 
abovenamed Robert Halton whom I make sole executor, excepting 
x^^ which one Wild of Boston oweth. 

Prob. at Lincoln 25 April 1617 by Ex'. 

The testator seems to have been nnnsnally indnlgent to what we may suppose were old 
pnpils of hi8» whose school-bills had never been paid. Frances Massingberd was the sister of 
Sir Roger Halton, Ent., of Qt. Carlton. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 173 

I subjoin an alphabetical list of short abstracts of Wills^ mostly 
clerical, but mixed with some of the gentle and yeomau class. The 
wills did not seem to me (as I was obliged to make a selection) 
worthy of being either transcribed or abstracted in a more lengthened 
form, so I simply give the testators' names, the date and probate of 
the wills, and, in the case of the clergy, the place of burial when it 
is indicated. In a few cases I have given more. 

ABRAHAM, THOMAS, Clerk, Stickford. 27 Dec. 1615. 
14 March 1615, 6. 

ALLEN, DAVID, Clerk, Ludborough. 1 Sept. 1615. 
9 Oct. 1615. 

ALLEN, SAMUEL, M.A., Parson, Fulletby. 30 Dec. 1610. 
To be buried in chancel as near my wife as may be. 4 Feb. 1610-1. 

ALLEYN, RICHAED, Minister and Preacher of God's word, 
Hundleby. In chancel. 8 April 1608. 4 Sept. 1616. 

ALRED, EDWARD, Minister, Swinderby. 21 Feb. 1607-8. 
4 March 1607-8. 

ANDRE WES, JOHN, Yeoman, Tupholme. 5 April 1601. 
To my son Henry Andrewes xx^. My good landlord Lord 
Willoughby of Parham. 28 May 1601. 

He was the direct ancestor of Henry Andrews of Osgodby. 
High Sheriff 1728. 

ANTHONIE, JOHN, Carpenter, East Keal. 14 April 1604. 
x\jd. towards the casting of the great bell. 

ATHERTON, THOMAS, Clerk, Pinchbeck. 9 Sept. 1607. 
4 Aug. 1608. 

ATKINSON, THOMAS, Clerk, Barnoldby. 5 July 1610. 
To be buried in quier under the Communion Table. 3 Dec, 1610. 

i74 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

AYSCOUGH, JOHN, Clerk, Ropsley. 28 July 1612. 
To be buried in chancel. To Lincoln Coll. Oxon., Theatrum 
humansB vitss bound in 3 great vols, and Malort workes on ye new 
Test. My curate Nathaniel Grantham shall have this quarter's 
wages, viz. 4^*. 68. 8d. 4 Nov. 1612. 

B ALLOW, THOMAS, Clerk, Belleau. 30 Nov. 1617. 
In chancel. 7 Jan. 1617-8. 

BANCEOFT, JAMES, Clerk, South Willingham. 24 April 
1610. Appoints supervisors his brothers Francis and Harbert 
Thorndike. To be buried in chanceL 17 March 1610-1. 

BARKER, JOHN, Clerk, Ashby by Partney. 23 Nov. 1616. 

13 Dec. 1616, 

BATEMAN, RICHARD, Vicar, Barnetby. 7 Nov. 1617. 
In chancel. 2 Dec. 1617. 

BAWDON, JOHN, Clerk, Aubourn. 22 Oct. 1612. To be 
buried in Quyer without any coffin. Towards the making of 
the minister's seat in the church xs. Legacies to S*^ John Meares, 
Knt. Lady Edolphe, and Mr. Thomas Meares, son of Mr. Roger 
Meares. 10 Nov. 1612. 

BEAVER, THOMAS, Clerk, Ewerby. 14 Oct. 1616. 
18 Dec. 1616. 

BEDFORD, AMOS, Clerk, Potterhanworth. Nunc. wiU. 
16 Sept. 1616. 5 Oct. 1616. 

BERREDGE, ROBERT, Gent., Pickworth. 27 May 1615. 

14 June 1615. 

BIRKITT, JOSEPH, Gent., Donington on Bain. 26 July 
1615. Ellen my sister Broxholme's daughter. Supervisors, 
Mr. John Broxholme of Homcastle and Timothy Kent, clerk. 

BLOMELEY, GEORGE, Clerk, Eagle. 12 Feb. 1608-9. 
In Church. 22 AprU 1612. 

BOLLES, ROBERT, Clerk, Curate of Keelby. 30 Aug. 1613. 
In chancel. 7 Oct. 1616. 

BOLTON, WILLIAM, Clerk, Dunsby. 23 Dec. 1613. 
In chancel. 3 April 1615. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 175 

BOOTH, GEOEGE, Clerk, Oxcomb. 8 April 1611. Nunc, 
will. To son Thomas Booth 500^*. To daughter Elizabeth Booth 
300'^. Trustees, Mr. Thomas Kent, Mr. Thomas Yates, and Mr. 
Kobert Philipps, clerks. 26 April 1611. 

BOSONNE, JOHN, Gent., Boston. 13 Sept. 1609. 
26 Sept. 1609. 

BOSTON, ROBERT, Gent., Whisby. 21 March, 3l8t Eliz^^ 
To be buried in parish church of Doddington, 4 Dec. 161 6. 

. BOWER, RALPH, Clerk, Dorrington. 5 July 1614. 
29 July 1614. 

BRAND, CHRISTOPHER, Gent., Frampton. 27 Jan. 
1609-10. 2 May 1610. 

BROWNE, HUGH, Clerk, Washingborough. 31 May 
1606. To son Robert the advowson of Linwood which I have of 
Mr. Robert Tirwhitte of Kettleby. 6 Aug. 1606. 

BROWNE, MATTHEW, Clerk, Stainby. 17 Dec. 1612. 
In chancel 1 1 Feb. 1612,3. 

BROWNE, PHILIP, Gent., Fleet. 16 Oct. 1606. 21 April 

BROWNE, WILLIAM, Clerk, Careby. 27 Nov. 1611. 
In chanceL 27 April 1612. 

BUCKBURY, ROBERT, Clerk, Dunsby. 1 Sept. 1611. 
In the Queere. 11 Oct. 1611. 

BURNBIE, WILLIAM, Clerk, Tothill. 10 Dec. 1617. 
In chanceL 8 Jan. 1617-8. 

BURNEBY, WILLIAM, Gent., Barholm. 18 April 1617. 
13 Jan. 1617-8. 

BURTON, ROBERT, Gent., Linwood. 3 Oct. 1610. 22 
Oct. 1610. 

BURTON, ZACHARY, Gent., Surfleet. 10 March 1603-4. 
Son John Burton ; daughter Rachel Burton. Legacies to WiUiam 
and Dymoke Walpole ; Sir Thomas Lambert, Knt. Mr. Leonard 
Pury ; my good friends and cosens Mr. Lancelot Burton and 
Mr. William AUyn, exrs. Sir Richard Ogle, Knt., super. 26 April 

He had married Susan, daughter of Arthur Walpole of Pinch- 

176 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

BUTTREE, SYMOND, Clerk, Bicker. (No date). Richard 
Disney who married my eldest daughter Mary. Brother in law 
Mr. PhUip Pilkington. 1 March 1616. 

CALVERLEY, RAPHE, Parson, Harlaxton. 26 July 1611. 
30 Aug. 1611. 

CARRE, JOHN, Hushandman, Lin wood. 27 March 1609. 
To my son Gilbert Carre the lease of a farm held of Rt. Hon. Sir 
Julius Aldermarie, alias Cassar, Knt., and Dame Alice his wife. 
3 May 1609. 

The above landlord was the eldest son of Caesar Adelmare, 
physician to Queens Mary and Elizabeth. He was born in 1557, 
and was named Julius Caesar. His wife mentioned was his 2nd 
wife, viz., Alice, daughter of Christopher Green, widow of John 
Dent, a London Merchant. He received a grant of the manor of 
Linwood for life. He rose to be eventually Master of the Rolls 
and died in 1636. 

CARRINGTON, RICHARD, Clerk, Swaton. 10 Aug. 1611. 
In Church. 26 Aug. 1611. 

CAYTOR, THOMAS, Gent., Butterwick. 9 Feb. 1612-3. 
20 April 1613. 

CHAPMAN, WILLIAM, Vicar, Huttoft. 11 Feb. 1615. 
In chanceL 17 April 1616. 

CHIPPINDALE, JOHN, Clerk, Ingoldmells. 29 Sept. 1617. 
In chancel. 30 Oct. 1617. 

CHIPPINDALE, THOMAS, Yeoman, Hogsthorpe. 30 June 
1608. Leaves 40^. to each of his 3 daughters Elizabeth, Mary, 
and Juditb. Brother Ralph Chippindale. Son John Chippindale. 
Wife Mary and son Thomas Chippindale exrs. Brother Mr. 
Edmund Shuttleworth of Lincoln, gent. Lands in Hogsthorpe, 
Sleckholme, and Mumby. 7 June 1609. 

The Chippindales appear in Yorke's " Union of Honour." 

CLARKE, RICHARD, Yeoman, of St. Swithin's, Lincoln, in 
1604 leaves x*^. for a piece of plate for the Corporation. 

CODD, RICHARD, Clerk, Claxby by Normanby. 29 May 1 608. 
In chancel. 4 July 1608. 

The Codds of Hemswell date back to the fifteenth century in 
Lincolnshire. A Richard Codd was mayor of Lincoln in 1500. 

LINCOLITSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 177 

COE, JOHN, Vicar, Haugham. Nunc. will. 24 Oct. 1612. 
20 Jan. 1612-3. 

COLBY, WILLIAM, Gent., Westborough. 24 Sept, 1616. 
In church, near where my ancestors are buried. 10 Dec. 1616. 

COLLIER, ROBERT, Vicar, Weston. 16 Aug. 1607. 
30 Aug. 1607. 

COLLY, FRANCIS, Clerk, South Kyme. 15 Jan. 1612-3 
1 April 1613. 

COOPER, HENRY, Clerk, Baston. Prob. 16 Feb. 1599- 

CURE, RACHAELL, Widow, Pinchbeck, 15 July 1616. 
In churchyard near the Hawthorn tree close to the church. To 
Lady Anne Heron x^. My daughter in law Anne Hall wife of my 
son Robert Hall. Legacies to the poor of Pinchbeck, and to provide 
a preacher. To my grandson William Gannock x^*. My grand- 
children Robert, John, and Posthumous Gannock. My bible to 
Mr. Matthew Cure. I make exrs. William Gannock and Anthony 
Oldfield, and supers. Henry Oust and William Longbottom^ 

12 March 1616-7. 

DALBIE, WILLIAM, Clerk, Great Grimsby. 17 Jan. 1616. 
To my nephew William Dalbie, son of my brother John, the 
next advowson of the Vicarage of Great Grimsby which I had 
of the gift of Sir George Heneage, Knt. To my said nephew my 
chest of vyoUs and my singing books. 3 Feb. 1616. 

DALE, THOMAS, Clerk, Pickworth, 1605. 

He was Rector of Pickworth 1601-1606 and was buried there 

13 May 1606 "quondam Vicarius de Laventon" (Layington). 

DANIELL, WILLIAM, Gent., Gedney. 20 March 1615. 
27 July 1616. 

DOUGHTY, RICHARD, Gent., TothUl. (No date). Sons 
Richard, Anthony Doughty, daus. Mildred, Margaret, Katheiine 
Doughty, wife Margaret. 18 Sept. 1617. 

See Vis. of Lincoln 1592, p. 25. 

DOWSON, RICHARD, Gent., Waltham. 5 Sept, 1616. 
My mother Ann Gilby of Waltham. 14 Jan. 1616-7. 


178 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

. DREWKIE, HENRY, Yeoman, Corby, 13 Nov. 1604 
** I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almightie God, to his 
blessed mother St. Mary the Virgin, and to all his blessed saints 
and holy company of heaven/^ 

DXJPLEDGE, ROBERT, Clerk, Langton by Wragby. 
13 July 1616. In queare or chancoL 16 Aug. 1616. 

DYER, GEORGE, Clerk, Authorpe. 21 Aug. 1616. In 
queare. 4 Oct. 1617. 

EARLE, BRIDGET, Widow, Stixwold. (No date). Late 
wife of Martin Earle of Stixwold, gent. To be buried in the 
church. 17 June 1607. 

The testator was the daughter of Richard Welby of Halstead in 
Stixwold. See No. 277 in 1st Series. 

EGEOKE, HENRY, Gent., Ropsley. 7 Dec. 1605. 5 May 

ELAM, RICHARD, Minister, Corby. 11 Feb. 1617. In 
chancel. 15 April 1618. 

ELDRED, ROBERT, Gent., Homcastle. 10 July 1609. 
22 Sept 1609. 

ELIE, ANNE. Widow, Mareham-le-Fen. 13 July 1616. 
In church. Son in law John Wymberley. Dau. Susan Wymberley. 
26 Sept. 1616. 

EVERS, WILLIAM, Clerk, Boultham. 26 Oct. 1617. 
In chancel. 23 Nov. 1617. 

FENDICKE, RICHARD, Gent., Leverton. 1 May 1617. 
In church. 8 Jan. 1618. 

FOTHERBIE, GEORGE, Gent., Wrawby. 8 Aug. 1614. 
24 May 1614. 

FOXE, WILLIAM, Gent., Sutterton. 21 Aug. 1610, Sons, 
Benjamin, Nathaniel, William, Baruch, Samuel, and Daniel. 
28 Nov. 1610. 

FRANCIS, JOHN, Gent., Gt. Carlton. 6 Jan. 1^17. In 
church. 13 Feb. 1617. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 179 

FEEER, ALLEN, Clerk, Mumby. 12 July 1613. 12 Oct. 

GAEBREY, JOHN, Clerk, Staine. 10 Aug. 1606. 21 Oct. 

GARDINER, THOMAS, Gent., South WiUingham. Nunc, 
will. 19 May 1615. 27 May 1615. 

GARTSYDE, ADAM, Clerk, Parson of S. Peter at Arches, 
Lincoln. 10 March 1603. In chancel. Wife Alice exx. Son. 
John Gartsyde and his children William, Francis, Robert, Rewthe 
and Amye. 14 Sept. 1604. 

- GARTHSYDE, JAMES, Clerk, Witham. 10 Oct. 1615. 
In church. 7 Apiil 1617. 

GARTHWAITE, MILES, Parson, Fulbeck. (No date). 
In chancel. 11 Jan. 1616-7. 

GLEN, WILLIAM, Clerk, Evedon. 23 July 1609. Leaves 
to Mr. Willerton, Vicar of Ruskington, " my Gualter on St. Luke's 
GospeL" 18 Aug. 1609. 

GONNAS, FRANCIS, Clerk, Ulceby. 25 May 1617. In 
chancel 28 June 1617. 

GREENE, HENRY, Clerk, CawkweU. 10 May 1608. 2 Aug. 

GREGG, ROBERT, Vicar, Langtoft. 14 Feb. 1612-3. In 
chancel. 30 April 1613. 

GREGG, ROBERT, Gent., Harmston. 24 April 1613. Son 
John Gregg. Wife Sarah exx. 14 June 1613. 

GRIFFITH alias GRIFFIN, THOMAS, Rector, Iforth Scarle. 
15 Sept. 1612. "In chancel under the stone where the communion 
table standeth." 2 Oct. 1612. 

HALL, HENRY, Gent., Pinchbeck. 29 April 1613. 9 June 

HALL, SAMUEL, Vicar, Donington in Holland. 26 Feb. 
1611-2. Nunc. wUl. Everything to his brother Joseph Hall, D.D. 
30 April 1612. 

180 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

HAMBIE, ALLEN, Clerk, Navenby. 1 Sept. 1607. 25 Sept. 

HAMBLETON. THOMAS, Vicar, Timberland. 26 May 1613. 
In chancel 31 May 1613. 

HARPHAM, WALTER, Gent., Marsh ChapeL 10 Feb. 
1607-8. To the pariph church x". ** To my verie good frend Sir 
William Willoughby one tripple soveraine." My Landlord. Sir 
Christopher Billiard. To Sir William Hickman a rose noble. To 
Roger Harpham and his wife 40s. each. To my wife Agnes iV^, 
for life per. ann. and c^. Residue to dau. AHce Phillips. To 
granddau. Elizabeth Phillips ccc^. To grandson Willoughby 
Phillips c^. Son in law Thomas Phillips exr. Supervisors brother 
Rowland Gartwright and nephew William Gartwiight. 9 March 

HARTINGE, WILLIAM, Clerk, Parson of HeaUng. 10 Feb. 
3d Jac. L 27 Nov. 1609. 

HARTLEY, ANTHONY, Clerk, Bracebridge. 8 June, 1614. 
Li chancel. 25 Nov. 1616. 

HARWOOD, WILLIAM, Gent., Thurlby in Bourn. 41st EKz. 
30 April 1600. 

HEWETT, ANTHONY, Clerk, Homcastle. 30 Sept. 1699. 
10 June 1600. 

* HIRST, ROGER, Clerk, Worletby. 16 March 1617. In 
chancel. 3 June 1618. 

HODGSON, CLEMENT, Clerk, Roughton. 20 May 1614. 
2 July 1614. 

HODGSON, JOHN, Clerk, Dalderby. 21 Dec. 1612. In 
chancel. My son Clement Hodgson and his sons. 17 Nov. 1614. 

HOLMES, GEORGE, « Late Vicar of Glee." Nunc. wiU. 
4 June 1600. 

HOLMES, ROGER, Gent., Hatton. 16 May 161 1. 22 July 

HOPE, JOHN, Gent., Navenby. 23 Feb. 1613. In church 
16 Oct. 1616. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 181 

HOPE, WILLTAM, Gent., Navepby. 2 Dec. 5th Jac. I. 
Father, John Hope; brothers John, Lyon, Francis, and Henry; 
son Edward Hope. 8 Jan. 1607-8. 

The testator was the son of the preceding John Hope. 

HORBERYE, HUGH, Clerk, South Hykeham. 1 1 Feb. 1616. 
In chancel. 17 Feb. 1616, 

HORROCKES, THOMAS, Clerk, East Rasen. 2 Feb. 1610-1. 
In parish quere. 27 Feb. 1610-1. 

HOUBELON, JOHN, Boston. 7 Feb. 1608-9. My father 
Peter Baron ; my three brothers Peter, Daniel^ and Samuel. 
Witness, Peter Vandelurre. 27 April 1609. 

HUNTE, ANTHONY, Clerk, West Deeping. 3 March 1 606-6. 
6 May 1606. 

HUTCHINSON, CHRISTOPHER, Single man, Scupholme 
20 Jan. 1616. Brother William Hutchinson. The four children 
of my late brother in law William Newport by my sister Audrie, 
viz., John, Robert, Dorothy and Frances. The two sons of Thomas 
Maddyson, William and John, and Elizabeth his dau. To Dorothy 
Maddyson his wife, my sister, 6^. My sister Bridget, and brother 
Thomas Hutchinson. 3 Feb. 1616. 

The Hutchinsons were a family seated at Alford, Lincoln, and 

JACKSON, GEORGE, Clerk, West Keal. 31 March 1612. 
4 Feb. 1612-3. 

JACKSON, WILLIAM, Rector, East Keal. 13 April 1607. 
9 June 1607. 

JAMES, JOHN, Minister of God's Word, Skirbeck. 24 March 
1611. 9 May 1612. 

JOHNSON, JOHN, Clerk, Yarborough. 1 Jan. 1608-9. 
To my grandson John Wardale one white silver boll and fower 
silver spoones. To grandson Abiram Wardale one parcel gilt 
silver boll. To son Francis Johnson one white silver boll -and 
fower silver spoones, and my best gould ring. To son Gilbert 
Johnson my silver salt, and fower silver spoones and one parcel 
gilt boll and my 2nd gould ring. To Thomas Barratt, clerk, my 
gown. 4 May 1609. 

182 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

KELKE, JOHN, Clerk, Nun Ormsby. 29 Feb. 1611-2. 
In chancel. 17 March 1611-2. 

KELHAM, JOHN, Gent, Whisby. 13 Sept. 1600. 11 Oct. 

KELLETT, RICHARD, Clerk, Carlton le Moorland. Nunc, 
will. 14 Nov. 1609. 11 May 1610. 

KNITCH, JOHN, Clerk, Woolsthorpe. 21 March 1613-4. 
In church. 11 May 1614. 

KYNSEY, JOHN, Clerk, Firsby. 14 July 1614. In south 
side of the church under the marble stone. 27 April 1615. 

LANGE, WILLIAM, Vicar, Coleby. 30 Nov. 1611. 21 Oct. 

LORD, ROBERT, Clerk, Great Grimsby. 17 Oct. 1616. In 
church. 11 April 1617. 

MANN, BARTHOLOMEW, Gent., West Deeping. 21 Aug. 
1610. 9 Nov. 1610. 

MARSHALL, AUGUSTINE, Gent., Brandon. 21 Jan. 1612. 
In Hough church. 13 Nov. 1616. 

MERSHE, EDMUND, Gent., Manby. 19 Aug. 1617. In 
church or chanceL 22 Sept. 1617. 

METCALFE, CHRISTOPHER, Clerk, Gayton-le-Marsh. 
5 Nov. 1612. 28 Feb. 1612-3. 

METCALFE, ROGER, Clerk, Mavis Enderby. 18 July 
1606. In chanceL John Downes ol Lusby, clerk, exr., and 
George Littlebury of Somersby, gent., and John Salmon of Haltham 
on Bain, clerk, supers. 20 July 1606. 

MOODIE, HUGH, Clerk, Brigsley. 30 Jan. 1603-4. (Buried 
at Brigsley 12 March 16034.) 

MORLEY, THOMAS, Clerk, " Of the Holmes in the parish 
of Heckington." 1 July 1616. 10 Oct. 1615. 

MUMBY, THOMAS, Clerk, Wyham. 28 April 1608. 
17 March 1608-9. 


MYLES, WILLIAM, Clerk, South Elkington. Prob. 7 March 

NAYLOE, WILLIAM, Clerk, [Croxby. 30 Nov. 1606. 
4 Aug. 1607. 

NEAVE, PHILIP, Yeoman, Great Steeping. 9 Nov. 1613. 
My father in law Thomas Kent of Scamblesby, clerk, and my 
brother Gabriel Neave of Wisbeach, yeoman. 30 Jan. 1613-4. 

NEVrLL, REBECCA, Widow, Scotton. 8 May 1617. Son 
Robert Nevill exr. 19 May 1617. 

The Nevills of Scotton and Faldiugworth dwindled down to 
the yeomanry. They were a knightly family in the fourteenth 

NOKE, THOMAS, Clerk, Leasingham. 26 Oct. 1613. 
12 Nov. 1613. 

PAGE, EDMUND, Gent., Digby. 22 Feb. 1610-1. 28 May 

PALMER, ROBERT, Burgh-le-Marsh. 2 Feb. 1615. 18 April 

PATRICK, WILLIAM, Mercer, East Rasen. 20 Nov. 1600. 
My son Symon Patrick and my brother Symon Patrick. 8 May 


Most likely a relation of Simon Patrick, Bishop of Ely. 

PAWLYN, THOMAS, Gent., Stallingborough. 5 April 1606. 
" xxs. to the poor of Hunmanby where I was bom." " To Mr. 
Thomas Welles Bacon's Works." Residue to Jane my only dau. 
wife of John Smith. 21 Aug. 1606. 

PHYLLIP, ROBERT, Clerk, Salmonby. 26 July 1617. In 
queare. 9 March 1617-8, 

PILKINGTON, THOMAS, Clerk, Wold Newton. 20 May 
1615. In chancel. 26 June 1615. 

POLLARD, JOHN, Gent., Langtoft. 3 April, 8th Jac. I. 
'' Cosen Thomas Mackworth esq. of Normanton." 22 May 1615. 

PRYOR, RICHARD, Clerk, Orby. 27 July 1616. 25 Sept. 

184 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

RIGGS, ANNE, Widow, Fulbeck. 18 Oct. 1608. "Late 
wife of Thomas Eiggs of Fulbeck, gent.*' Kinsman Mr. Gervaise 
Lee of Southwell, esq. 24 Feb. 1610-1. 

ROGHFORTH, ROBERT, Vicar, Walcot-juxta-Folkingham. 
7 Feb. 1611. My father Richard Rochforth, Vicar of Scredington. 
Supervisor Myles Whale, clerk, " Deane of the Cathedral church 
ofConnorth." 19 Feb. 1611. 

RODES, RICHARD, Clerk, Withem. 15 Nov. 1612. (He 
confirmed his will the day before his death, viz., 6 Nov. 1614). 
Prob. 5 July 1615. 

RYALL, JOHN, Gent., St. Botolph's, Lincoln. 15 Aug. 1613. 
E^insman Oliver Bromhead. Son Alexander RyalL 23 Oct. 1613. 

SADLER, LIBENS, Minister, Willoughby in the Marsh. 
15 Dec. 1606. 4 Nov. 1609. 

SALMON, BARTHOLOMEW, Bachelor, Homcastle. 17 
March 1603-4* *' I give unto fower bachelors that shall carrie mee 
to the church to every one of them an Edward Shilling. 2 April 

SANDES, JOHN, Clerk, North Witham. 28 July 1609. 
In chancel. 11 Oct. 1609. 

SANDS, ROBERT, Gent., Martin. 13 Oct., 1612. 14 Oct 

SAUNDERS, SAMUEL, Clerk, Great Hale. 22 Jan. 1617. 
10 Feb. 1617. 

SEAMAN, PAWLE, Clerk, East Kirkby. Nunc. will. In 
March he gave everything to Edward Goodricke of Earkby esq., 
and prayed him to give his wife xl^. when she married, or, iv^. 
per ann. till then. 3 April 1606. 

SHARPE, FRANCIS, Busbandman, Bourn. 29 March 1606. 
Mentions John, Thomas, Matthew, James, and Jonas Trollope ; 
and William son of William TroUope. 8 March 1607-8. 

SILVESTER, JOHN, Clerk, Bigby. 14 Jan. 1600(1). 10 Nov. 

SKAMON, JOHN, Clerk, Immingham. 24 June 1607. 
4 Aug. 1607. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 186 

SKINNER, JOHN, Gent., BostoD. 23 Sept., 1614. 18 April 

SLATER, ALICE, Widow, Pinchbeck. 27 Oct. 1610. Son 
John Sharpe, senr. ; dau. Alice Trollope. 7 March 1611. 

She was 1st the wife of William Sharpe of Bourn, and her dau. 
Alice married William Trollope who bought Oasewick in 1621, 
and was father of the 1st Baronet Sir Thomas Trollope. 

SMITH, JOHN, Gent., StaUingborough. 12 April 1607. 
18 April 1608. 

SMITH, WILLIAM, Clerk, Upper Toynton. 9 Feb. 1609. 
20 March 1609-10. 

SMYTHE, JOHN, Clerk, Wyham. Nunc, will 5 July 1616. 
Everything to Thomas Ellis of Grantham, esq., and George Ellis of 
Wyham, gent. 12 July 1616. 

SNOW, RICHARD, Gent., Sedgebrooke. 19 Oct. 1615. 
20 March 1615-6. 

STEPHENSON, RICHARD, Gent., Boston. 16 Jan. 1610-1. 
In the quire called the ^* Aldermans' Quier." Mr. James to preach. 
9 March 1610-1. 

His widow Sicill Stephenson executed a deed dated I April 
1613 for the benefit of her grandchild Richard Stephenson one of 
the sons of William Stephenson of Homcastle, gent., her son. 

STONHAM, JOHN, " The unworthy minister of God's pore 
and little church at Welboum." 13 Nov. 1616. In chanceL 

5 Feb. 1616-7. 


SYKES, RADULPH, Clerk, Utterby. 12 Aug. 1617. 4 Oct. 

TALBOT, JOHN, Vicar, North Rauceby. 8 Feb. 1616. 
9 April 1617. • 

TAYLOR, EDWARD, Clerk, Bigby. 16 Dec. 1616. 12 March 

THORNDIKE, FRANCIS, yeoman "of the Fenne Houses, 
Great Carlton." 12 April 1612. My eldest son x^., each of my 
children x^., wife Anne exx. "My maister Francis Thomdike, 
gent., and Nicholas Smythe of Thoresby, supers. 6 May 1612. 

186 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

THORNELL, RICHARD, Clerk, Calcethorpe. 21 Feb. 1609. 
In chancel. 28 April 1610. 

THOROLD, MARGARET, Widow, Thoreeby. 18 July 1617. 
Son in law Pawle Thorold. 7 Aug. 1617. 

Pawle Thorold was ancestor of the Cuxwold Thorolds, a yeoman 
branch of the Thorolds of Marston. 

TODD, WILLIAM, Clerk, Bamoldby. 21 May 1601. Wife 
Anne. Sons Richard and William Todd. Mentions 38 acres 
copyhold in Ingoldmells and Addlethorpe which he bought of his 
son Edmund Cracroft. Mentions his sons in law Edmund and 
Daniel Cracroft. 16 June 1601. 

He had married the widow of Francis Cracroft of Winthorpe, 
whose wiU is given in the 1st Series, No. 228. 

TOMLINSON, RICHARD, Clerk, Dembleby. 29 April 1614. 
In chanceL 8 Nov. 1614. 

TOTHEBY, MARGARET, Widow, Great Sturton. 7 Feb. 
1605-6. Dau. Magdalen wife of Henry Eangerby to whom Robert 
Hastings of Bilsby, gent., is to pay yearly 53s. 4d. 27 Jan. 

See will of Jane Angevine, 1st Series, No. 128. 

TRIG6E, FRANCIS, Clerk, Welbourn. 30 April 1606. 

23 May 1606. 

TROLLOPP, JOHN, Husbandman, Bourn. 7 Nov. 1603. 
To Matthew Trollopp my brother's son 40s. Beatrice my brother 
William's dau. I forgive William Trolloppe my kinsman all the 
money he oweth me except xx^. which I give to his son John 
Trolloppe. My wife Alice exx. 25 Feb. 1604-5. 

TUCKNEY, WILLIAM, Clerk, Kirton. 29 Jan. 1610-1. 
My brother in law Mr. Anthony Ingoldsby of Fishtoft, clerk. 

24 Feb. 1610-1. 

TURNER, EDWARD, Clerk, Edlington. 23 Dec. 1616. 
30 Jan. 1616-7. 

TTJRPIN, ROBERT, " Maire of the Burrow of Boston." 
15 Dec. 1609. To be buried in the " Highe Quyer of the Church." 
23 Jan. 1609-10. 

TWIDALL, WILLIAM, Gent., Middle Rasen. 3 Feb. 16112. 
In chancel of Middle Rasen Tupholme. '' Master Alphage Ays- 
coughe to be overseer.". 28 Feb. 1611-2. 

TYLLYSTON, HUGH, Clerk, "late of Thorganby." Nunc, 
will. 1 July 1610. Died on 8 July. Prob. 23 July 1610. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 187 

UPPLEBY, ROBEET, Barrow. 29 April 1610. To be 
buried in the South Allye of the church. Sons, James and Eobeit. 
Dan. married to Leonard Empringham. 24 Sept. 1610. 

A yeoman family which eventually divided into two lines ; one 
seated at Wootton, the other at Barrow. 

VINCENT, FRANCIS, Gent., Uffington. 4 May 1616. 
17 Aug. 1616. 

WADDINGTON, LANCELOT, Burgh-le-Marsh. 18 May 
1 606. To my son Leonard Waddington if he retiuiie again out of 
the Low Country xl^. My dau. Alice wife of Christopher Hastings. 
19 March 1606-7. 

WAITE, BENJAMIN, Yeoman, Wainfleet. 23 Oct. 1612. 
My citheme and trible vyall to my son Benjamin. 11 Nov. 1612. 

WARRINGTON, RICHARD, Clerk, Stapleford. 16 Aug. 
1615. In church. 8 Sept. 1615. 

WATSON, JOHN, Gent., Rand. 15 Oct. 1612. 6 Nov. 1612 

WEBB, ELIZABETH, Gentlewoman, Claypole. 4 Jan. 1615. 
In church. 20 March 1615. 

WEBBERLEY, ANTHONY, Yeoman, Addlethorpe. 24 Feb. 
1607-8. To be buried "within my queare in the church." Wife 
Joanye. Son Thomas Webberley and his son Anthony. 14 March 

This family rose in rank and intermarried with the Amcotts'. 
It was seated later on at East Earkby. 

WELLES, ROBERT, Clerk, Theddlethorpe St. Helen. 1 1 Aug, 
1605. In chancel. 10 June 1612. 

WELLES, WILLIAM, Holywell. 7 June 1596. " And to 
the churche an ewe to these uses, vid^, yt she be putte forthe tiU the 
gayne will bye a clothe for the Communion Table ; and ever after 
the gaine of her to be imployed to the refreshinge of those which 
shall contynewe the yearly perambulations." 20 June 1601. 

A most extraordinary bequest. Never was a sheep used for 
such objects before or since. The '' perambulations " must mean 
beating the bounds of the parish. 

WESTALL, WILLIAM, Clerk, Burton Pedwardine. 8 Jan. 
1617. 6 Feb. 1617-8. 

WHELPLEY, HENRY, Clerk, Gonerby. 2 Oct. 1609. 
23 Jan. 1609 10. 

WIGHTMAN, EDWARD, Gent, Dunston. 4 April 1611. 
7 June 1611. 

188 LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

WILBY, JOHK, YeomaD, Wainfleet St. Maiy. 10 Feb. 
1607-8. Sons Edmund, John, Thomas, Robert, "William, Eichard. 
Land in Friskney. 5 July 1608. 

A family which rose into the ranks of the lesser gentry towards 
the end of the seventeenth century at Friskney, Wrangle, and 

WILBY, THOMAS, Clerk, St. Peter at Arches, Lincoln. K"unc. 
will. 27 Aug. 1615. 10 Jan. 1615-6. ' 

WILSON, ANTHONY, Gent., Great Grimsby. 3 June 1616. 
In church. 13 Dec. 1616. 

WILSON, JOHN, Clerk, Norton Disney. 28 March 1616. 
In chancel under the Communion Table. 15 July 1617. 

WILSON, RICHARD, "Musitian." Grantham. 10 Sept. 
5th Jac. I. To every of my fellowes 3 settes of songes bookes. 
16 Feb. 1607-8. 

WILSON, RICHARD, Clerk, Metheringham. 30 June 1608. 
2 Aug. 1608. 

WILSON, ROBERT, Clerk, Anwick. 1 Sept. 1612. 6s. 8d. 
to buy a bible for the church. 25 Sept. 1612. 

WOLBY, JOSIAS, Burgh-le-Marsh. 15 July 1616. Brother 
in law Christopher Palmer. Dau. Ann Wolby. Wife Helen exx. 
9 Oct. 1616. 

WRIGHT, ARTHUR, Clerk, BucknaU. 13 May 1614. 
30 Dec. 1614. 

WYCHE, ROBERT, Gent., Croylaud. 4 April 1617. 30 June 

YARBOROUGH, CHARLES, Yeoman, Alvingham. 20 Feb. 
1611-2. To be buried *' in queare among the rest of the my friends 
on the Nth. side of the Communion Table." Sons William, George, 
Thomas. Elder brothers John and Thomas Yarborough. 13 April 

A yeoman branch of the Yarboroughs of Yarborough. 

LINCOLNSHIRE WILLS, 1600-1617. 189 

(These two Nuncupative Wills were accidentally omitted from the 

numbered list). 


Mem. 21 Jan. 1601, that I John BoUe, of Thorpe Hall, in 
CO. Lincoln gent., do give to Sir John Bolle, of Thorpe Hall, Knt., 
all my goods and chattells, and to my sister's children xx^. to be 
divided among them. Piob. 18 June 1601 at Boston by Sir John 
Bolle, Knt. 

Probably son of Bichard BoUe of Haagh by his 8d wife. 


The xxijth day of October 1609. Memorandum that day and 
yeare above wrytten Bartholomewe Roche late of Kirton in the 
Countye of Lincoln, gent., beinge Verye sicke in bodye wherof he 
dyed yet of goode and perfekt remembrance, in the presence of 
S' John Reade, Knt., of "Wrangle, they bemge both at Burton 
nighe Lincoln at the house of S' Thomas Monson, Knt., the saide 
Bartholomewe beinge sicke was willed by ye saide S'^ John Reade 
to make even with the world, and to dispose of his goods, and 
askinge him howe he would dispose them, the said Bartholomewe 
made answere that his estaite was but small, and that the saide 
S' John Reade knew his estaite better than any man, and that he 
would have his wyfe to have yt all. And yf his wyfe weare with 
child they should devyde yt equally. 

Whereunto S' John Reade replyed and asked him yf that weare 
his meaning, and he made answere, '^ yea trulie that is my mynde." 

John Reade. 

In witnesse whereof I the said S^ John Reade have sett to my 
hande and scale the second day of !N'ovember in ye yeare above 
written. Li the presence of Francis Brocklebank and Thomas 

Prob. 24 Dec. 1609. 

See Vis. of Lincoln, 1562, pa. 106. 




Aldye, Edward, 63 
Angevine, Michael, 146 
Archer, Thomas, 111 
Annyne, Anne, 120 
Asfordby, George, 143 
Ashton, Myles, 68 
Ayscough, Edward, 82 

Henry, 8, 62 

Walter, 69 

Bassett, Anne, 42 
Baynes, Richard, 79 
Beresford, Frances, 6 

Hichard, 19 
Bogge, Humphrey, 20 
Bolles, Anthony, 4 
Booth, , George, 154 
Boucher, Francis, 148 
Bowles, Margaret, 106 
Bownell, Mardocheas, 152 
Browne, Peregrine, 121 
Burges, Downhill, 103 

Cawdron, George, 75 

Jane, 28 
Cheney, Fraiices, 32 
Clement, Francis, 165 
Gierke, Jo., 31 
Coningsby, Philip, 93 
Cony, Thomas, 56 
Gust, Henry, 159 

Dethe, John, 61 
Dighton, James, 67 

John, 17 
Disney, Mary, 94 

Enderby, Thomas, 153 
Eure, Peter, 76 
Evington, Eichard, 73 

Fitzwilliam, Augustine, 51 

Gedney, Richard, 92 
Goodhand, Ann, 161 

William, 160 
Goodricke, Edward, 113 
Grantham, Francis, 86 

Thomas, 12 
Guevara, George, 10 

John, 18 

Hall, Thomas, 112 
Hansard, Elizabeth, 129 
Hastings, Robert, 131 
Hatcliffe, David, 117 
Heneage, Adam, 163 
Holland, John, 29 
Hottoft, Robert, 1 
Huddleston, Oliver, 9 
Hussey, Robert, 105 
Hustwaite, Robert, 119 

Jenkinson, Henry, 44 
Jon, John, 39 

Kent, Elizabeth, 66 
Key, Thomas, 126 

Robert, 40 
King, Edward, 155 
Eongston, John, 157 
Earkman, John, 33 

Leonard, 11 
Kyme, Edniund, 37 

Elizabeth, 5 

Lacon, Edward, 107 

Christabel, 58 

Harbert, 26 
Lacy, Robert, 85 

William 80 
Langton, John, 139 
Leiche, Thomas, 54 
Littlebury, George, 70 

John, 71 
Locton, John, 57 



Maddison, Anne, 133 

Nicholas, 21 
Manby, Anne, 64 
Markham, Anthony, 13 

John, 22 
Marshall, Hamlet, 72 

Francis, 144 
Massingberd, Angustine, 101 

Lyonell, 35 

William, 14 

Henry, 134 
Meres, Anthony, 147 
Mottram, Thomas, 128 

Neale, Margery, 53 
Nedham, Humphrey, 95 
Newcomen, Edward, 96 

Nicholas, 130 
Newstead, Robert, 77 

Ormsby, Henry, 65 
Osland, Anne, 3 

Palfreman, Thomas, 62 
Palmer, William, 55, 104 

Katharine, 124 
Pell, Richard, 25 
Pistor, Ellinor, 49 
Prescott, John, 164, 43 
Purey, Humphrey, 45 

Leonard, 46 

Quarles, Roger, 151 

Radley, William, 110 
Robertson, Nicholas, 91 
Roper, Leonard, 122 
Rosseter, Bridget, 89 

Saltmarshe, Edward, 156 
Seele, Robert, 41 
Sherard, Edmund, 34 
Skegnes, Vincent, 97 
Skepper, George^ 24 
Skinner, Henry, 109 
Skipwith, Anne, 2 
John, 23 

Skipwith, Lyon, 136 

William, 158 
Smith, Heneage, 137 

Robert, 138 
Southaicke, Alexander, 116 
Standish, James, 115, 100 
Stoyte, Nicholas^ 90 

Tailor, Thomas, 27 
Thompson, John, 81 

Robert, 60 
Thomson, Elizabeth, 108 
Thorold, Elizabeth, 140 

Margaret, 142 

Maiy, 145 

William, 141, 59 
Thory, Thomas, 132 

Upton, Valentine, 127 

Walcot, Harbert, 48 

Thomas, 149 
Walthewe, Robert, 88 
Warmouth, Gregory, 135 
Welby, AHce, 102 

William, 84 
Welcome, Thomas, 7 
Wentworth, Francis, 78 
Wesled, John, 15 
Wharfe, John, 87 
Whittingham, Baruch, 47 

Mabel, 123 

Richard, 114, 125 
Williams, Richard, 16 
WilUmatt, William, 118 
Willoughby, William, 50 
Willoughby of Parham, Ld., 162 
Wilton, Moses, 36 
Wimberley, Thomas, 150 
Windebanke, Frances, 83 
Wingfield, Henry, 98 
Wolby, Symon, 74 
Wray, Jerome, 30 
Wright, James, 38 

Terburgh, Thomas, 99 



(N.B, — ^This Index only includes the numbered Wills). 

Aideson, Aug., 15 

Allen, 113; Dav., 107; Geo., 16; 

Jo., Ill; Eich., 21 
AUington, Geo., 18, 27; Jane 27 
Ambros, Mart., 137 
Amcotes, 18 

Anderson, Jo., 169 ; Thos. 137 
Angevyne, Mich., 99 
Anton, Eliz., Geo., 27 
Archer, Mrs., Thos. 
Armine, Mrs. 44 
Arnold, Ann, 120 
Asfordby, Mr., 131 
Ashton, Geo., Mary, 17; Jas., 

28, 36 ; Edm., Jane, Pet., 

Atkinson, Ann, 104 
Awdley. Arth., Thos., 106 
Ayre (Eyre), Ant, 22 
Ayscougb, Sir Rog., Will., 27 ; 

Fran., 127 


Babington, Thos., 91 

Bacon, Bog., 126 

Badger, Sirach, 106 

Bagshaw, Edw., 82 

Baguley, Isabel, 88 

Baite, Thos., 159 

Baker, Edith, Jo,, Thos., 101 

Balgay, Paul, 104; Alice, 120 

Ballard, Jo., 114 

Ballow, Dav., Dor., Phoebe, 117 

Banester, Rich., 22; Rog., 160, 

Barber, Dr., 19 
Bardyn, Jo., Sam. 
Barfoote, Rich., 152 

Barker, Alice, Eliz., Rich., Thos., 

Barkwith, Eliz., Fran., Hen., 

Jo., Jud., Rich., 135 
Barnard, Mrs., ^7 ; Thos. 76 
Bartholomew, Jo,, 163 
Barton, Sir Ralph, 22 
Barwell, Geo., Will., 3 
Baylie, Edith, Dor., 55 
Bayner, Hen., 105 
Baynes, Jo., WiD., 78 
Becke, Fran., 53; Jo., Thos., 

BedeU, Sam., 114 
Bedford, Amos, 27 
Bedingfield, WiU., 8 
Beedam, Ann, 53 
Beeson, Chr., 28 
Beetson, Leo., 114, 150 
Bell, Thos., 75 
Bennett, Rob., 110 
Benson, Agnes, 49 
Beresford, Ann, Fran,, Jo., 64 
Bernard, Ann, 128 
Beverlay, Rich., 17 
Bevill, Sir Rob., 150 
Bilcliffe, Geo., 82 
Baton, Hen., 62 
Bird, Fran., 123. 
Birkby, Eliz., Marg., 61 
Bistle, Rich., 159 
Blackbome, Eliz., 49 
Blake, Jo., 162 

Blancherd, Ann, 15 ; Geo., 41 
Bland, Mary, 2 ; Jas., 107 
Blewitt, Edw., 145 
Blundeston, 26 
Bogge, Sir Jas., 101 
Bolland, Fran., 131 
BoUe, Chas., 120, 131 ; Sir Jo., 

120; Rich., 162 



Bonner, Jo., Eich., 29 

Bonye, Will., 22 

Booth, Clem., 40, 53 ; Ann, 99, 

101 ; Jo., 101 
Boston, Ann, Will., 43 
Bough, EUz., Will., 131 
Bound, Gilb., 145 
Bowthbee, Geo., 12 
Brader, Ann, Thos., 2 
Bradshaw, Wili., 22 
Bransby, Fran., 55 ; Ralph, 77 
Braughton, Jo., 161 
Briggs, Chr., 101 
Brittaine, Edw., 126 
Broadstreet, (Bradstreet), Sam., 

Sim., 114 
Brocklesby, Bridg., 28, 44 ; 

Kath., Marg., Bob., 44 
Broke, Marg., 161 
Browne, Luce, 32 ; Hen., 36 ; 

Leo., 39 ; Jo., 46; Ant., 49; 

Ann, 75 ; Mary, 102, 123 
Brownlow, Thos., 34 
Broxholme, Jo., 39 ; Will., 39, 

Buckworth, Ever., Thoo., Will., 

Buell, Sirat, 155 
Bulkeley, Dr., Edw., Pet., 1 25 
Bullingham, Fran., 22 
Burghe, Will. 157 
Burke, Edw., 157 
Bume, Alice, Edw., 78 
BurreU, Eliz., Jo., 91 
Burrett, Amb., 107 
Burton, Will., 50, 99 ; Mrs. 140 
Bury, GHb., 150 
Bussey, Sir Edm., Ill 
Bust, Cirstin, 133 
Buthwell, Will, 84 
Butler, Thos., 56 ; Jo., 99, 139; 

Rob., 102 ; Sir Thos., 154 


Camden, Will., 76 
Camock, Hen., Will., 141 

Carr, Leo., 19, 116; Mr., 44; 

Sir Edw., 50, 75, 115; 

Rob., 75 ; Lawr., 115 
Carrington, Mr. 133 
Carsey, Ann, Skipwith, 31 
Carter, Eliz., Jo., 43 
Cater, Mr., 31 ; Jo., 54, 92 ; 

Geo., 128 
Caterton, Rich., 155 
Caverlay, Edw., 5 
Caward, Fran., 150 
Cawdron, Mr., 47 ; Geo., 50, 

Chamberlaine, Thos., 64 
Chapman, Thos., 21 
Chappell, Thos., 114; Ruth., 123 
Charrells, 30 
Cheales, Thos., 92 
Cheney, Ann, Fran., 24 
Chesibrough, Thos., 161 
Chohneley, Sir Hen., 80, 85 ; 

Eliz., 85 
Clarke, Rich., 16 ; Jas., Jo., 

Claxton, Will, 114 
Cleburne, Rob., 39 
Clifford, Mrs., 129, 140; Mr., 

Clifton, Sir Jarvis, 145 
Clinton, Lord, 34, 132 
Codd, Rich., 76 
Codling, Alex., 100 
Coke, Marg., 57 
Colby, Chr., 140, 145; Helen, 

Thos., 140 ; Ellen, 145 
ColUngwood, Wm„ 161 
Colly enes, Rob., 17 
Colson, 150 
Colston, Chr., 153 
Colt, Alice, Marg., 19 
Coney (Cunnie), Marie, Will., 

46 ; Thos., 81 ; Lady, 106 
Cooke, 44; Ann, 17, 53 ; Alice, 

Clem., Eliz., Sarah, 17; 

Thos., 21; Mr., 18; Nich., 

60 ; Jo., Jud., Moses, 118; 

Paul, 109, 157. 





Oopie, Alice, 132 

Cordell, Lady, 155 

Cotton, Eliz., Paul, 108; Jo., 

114; Mr., 123 
Co veil, Chrifltian, Thos., 107 ; 

Mrs., 150 
Cracroft, Thos., 68, 120 
Cramer, Bryan, 21 
Cressie, Hen., 8 ; Nich., 69 
Creswell, Jud., Sim., 63 ; Rob., 

^ 68, 124; Eliz., 124 
Critchley, Thos., 6 
Cropley, Fran., 32 
Crosby, WiU., 12 
Crosley, Chr., 99 
Crosse, Bob., 8 
Curtis, Fran., 31; Jo., 38; 

Thos., 49 
Curtoys, Jo., Eic, 132 
Cust., Hen., 57 
Cusworth, Bridg., Bob., 131 
Cuthbert, Mary, Kat., 53 

Dacres, Dor., Walt., 127 
Dalby. Will., 118 
Dale, Cuth., Mary, 116 
Dalyson, Sir Bog., Sir Thos., 139 
Dandison, Jone, 64 
Darrell, Sir Thos., 154 
Davenport, Bob., 108 
Davison, Mr., Mrs., Jo., 53; 

Alice, Will., Ill 
Davys, Thos., 159 
Dawson, 157 ; Edw., Thos., 53 
Daye, Chr., 12 
Deane, Thos., Ill ; Ann, 152 
Denham, Jo., 38 
Dent, Fran., 64 
Dewis, Thos., 157 
Dickonson, Geo., 153 
Dickson, Bich., 76 
Diggle, Edw., 47; Ann, 89; 

Edm.. 89, 115; Ellen, 125 
Dilworth, Thos., lU 

Dimoke (Dymoke), Edw., 83 ; 

Sir Edw., 106 ; Jo., Bob., 

Disney, 82 ; Jane, Thos., 141, 

142; Ann, Guido, Sir Hen., 

Jo., BicL, Will., 141 
Dolitle, 27 

Donoby, Ann, Val., Will., 101 
Dove (Done 1), Will, 51 
Dowson, Sus,, 117 
Drewry, Hen., 151 
Druiy. Bich., 103 
Duncalf, Hamlet, Jo., 72 
Duncan, Jo., 156 
Dunne, Thos., 139 
Dyer, Geo., 104 

Earsbie, Jo., 77 
East, Geo., Sus., Thos., 97; Bob., 

97, 167 ; Seth.. 155 
Eastland, Betton, 60 
Edwards, Bog., 71, 109 ; And., 

92; Fran., Hen., Jo., 109 ; 

Bob., 150 
Eland, Geo., 85 
Ellis, 81 ; Mrs., 22 ; Will,, 22, 

44; Thos,, 78; Ann, Fran.. 

Geo., Jane, 110 ; Boxt^t 146 
Elson, Marg., 102 
Eltoftes, Hen., 162 
Emerson, Thos., 155 
Empringham, Bob., 157 
Enderby. Bich., 49, 75 ; Thos., 

Will, 49 
Esterbie, Bob., 157 
Eure, Lady, 156 
Evans, Ann, Thos., 55 
Evington, Eliz., Fran., Morrice, 

Bich., 150 


Fairbame, Geo., 135 
Falkingham, Edw., 49 



Farmarie, Geo., 66 

Farraie, Will., 65 

Farre, Hen., 6 

Fells, Grace, Jo., Mab., 3 

Fereby, Steph., 70 

Ferryes (Ferrers), Edw., 151 

Ferryman, Ann, Edw., Jo., 

Thos., 1 
Fetch, Jo., Rob., 133 
Fetherbee, Jo.. 119 
Field, Will., 46, 47, 122, 125 ; 

Geo., 125 
Fiphwicke, Will., 158 
Fitche, Mary, 53 
Fitzwilliam. Sir Geo.. 21, 23, 

145, 158 ; Rob., 23 ; Ann, 

Eliz., Mary, Will., 120; 

Mr., 131 ; Edm., 136 
Flawell, Martha, 83 
Fletcher, Mary, 140 
Flinte, Pen., Ann, Will., 147 
Foster, Will, 76; Han., 101, 

114, 125; Chr., 125 
FouUe, Will., 46 
Fowkes, Rose, Troth, 92 
Fowler, Edw., Prud., 37 
Fox., 22 

Francis, Ann, 5 ; Mr., 63 
Freeston, Geo., Marg., Rich., 

Rob., 53 
Freshney, Jo., 163 
Fridlington, Alice, Jo., 78 
Fuller, Alice, Jo., 73 
Fulnetby, Lady, 83 


Gamlyn, Jane, 28 

Garnet, Luce, 28 

Garth, Helen, 20; Chas., Greg., 

Gedney, 70 ; Rich., 71 
Gelson, Thos., 46 
Gentle, 141 
Gibbons, 38 

Gilby. Edw., 65 ; Ann, 117 
Gildon, Jane, 66 

Gillion, Will, 84 

Gisborne, Matt., 73 

Gladwyn, Ann, 100 

Glenham, Sir Hen., 8 

Goche, 58 

Godbye, Mr., 112 

Godfrey, Thos., 94 ; Jos., Mrs., 

Golding, Ann., Kath., 50 ; Jo., 

Goldingham, Joyes, 17 ; Thos., 

Goodhand, Chas., Magd., 21, 

41 ; Ann, Marg., Will., 41 
Goord, Ann, 77 
Gosse, Thos., 122 
Gounbie, Mary, 102 
Grace, Mrs., 157 
Grantham, Thos., 15 ; Eliz., 50, 

107 ; Sir Thos., 54, 82, 

127, 141 ; Fran., 54, 82 ; 

Lady, Rob., 54 ; Lydia, 150 
Grave, 109 
Graye, Rich., 106 
Greene, Mr., 36 ; Marg., 50 ; 

Mary, Rich., 74 ; Eliz., 75 ; 

Jo., 118 
Gregg, Hamlet, 122 ; Jane, Jo., 

Grene, Mary, Rich., 124 
Greswell, 84 
Greyson, Dor., 108 
Grimsdiche, Marg., 83 
Gryme, Marg., 53 
Gulson, Maur., 78 
Gyrnewicke, Joan, 35 


Haddoxe (Maddoxe), Jo., 36 
Hall, Dr., 6 ; Arth., 3 ; Will., 

114; Hum., 141 
Halton, Rob., 157, 165; Sir 

Rog., 165 
Hamby (Hanby), Fran., Rich., 

21 ; Mr., 116 


196 LINCOLNSHIKE WILLS, 1600-1617. 

HamertoD, Ellen, 28 ; Ann, Holinhedge, Mr., Marg., 53 

Nich., 53 Holland, (Houlland), Edw., 
Hansard, 26, 104; Will, 29, Fran., Rich., 15; Matth., 

38, 95, 152, 163; Sir 158 

Will, 58. 122; Eliz., Gilb., Holies, Jarv., Fretch., 157 

Mary, Eich., 58 Hollingworth, Leon, 27 

Hanson, Jas., 106 HoUyday, Abr., 72 

Harbert, Arnold, 100 ; Mich., Holmes, Agnes, 49 

125 Hooke, Ann, Ben., 160 

Harbotle, Bob., 151 Hopkins, Eust., 149 

Hard, Rob., 163 Hopkinson, Ann, Eliz., Jo., 
Hardwicke, Edw., 152 Thos., 133 

Hardy, Rich., 120 Hopkyn, Edw., 45., 46 

Hargrave, Effam, 49 Hopwood, 28 

Harper, Will.. 49 Hornby, Fran., 80; Chas., Hen., 
Harrington, 23, Thos., 34, 76, 85 

120; Sir Jo., 36 ; Lord, Homcastle, Thos., 107 

151 ; Marg., 158 Hgrnsey, 22 

Harris, Jo., 46 ; Rob., 48, 149 ; Horsley, 22 

Thos., Ill ; Anne, 149 Houghton, Sam., 72 

Harrison, Rob., 14 ; Ann, 54 ; Howe, Geo., 54 

Will., 155 Howsam, Will., 82 

Hart, Will., Ant., 5, 63 ; Agnes, Howson, Sir WilL, 47 ; Geo., 57 

Alice, Ann, Edw., Jane, 63 Howton, Jo., 84 

Hartgrave, Thos., 28 ; Paynell, Huddleston, Godf., 6 ; Alice, 72 ; 

91 Eliz., Thos., 144 

Harvy, Kelham, Thos., 114, Hudson, Ellen, Will., 4, 55 

125; Rob., 125 Humfrey, Mr., 107 

Hatcliffe, Edm., Rog.. Vin., 140, Hundleby, Magd., Nich., 135 

145 ; Geo., 145 Hunston, Will., 64, 92 

Havens, Will., 65 Huntley, Barb., Jane, Rob., 101 

Haywarde, 110 ; Will., 15 ; Hustwaite, Leo., 157 

Jane, 27 Hutchinson, Arth., Edw., Hest., 
Hebblewhite, Joan, 100 Sus., Will., 53 ; Chr., 53, 

Herrys, Jo., 159 133; Bridg., 53, 150; 

Hewson, Jo., 78 Eliz., 55, 133; Rob., 53, 

Hickman, Will., 162 133; Thos., 53, 86 

Hicks, 114, 151 ; Jasp., 20 Hutton, Jo., 151 
Higgens, Ann, Eliz., Fran., Har- 
bert, Jo., Mary, 15 
Hill, Faith, Rich., 129 L 

Hinkes, Mary, 56 Ingham, Rob., 3 

Hobson, Eleanor, 73 Ingoldsby, Ant., 91, 125; Dorcas, 
Holden (Houlden), 164; Mart., 91; Mr., 114; Will, 125 

43 ; Mr., Mrs., 135 Ingram, Jo., 34, 162 ; Eliz., Rog., 
Holder, Clem., 88 108 

Ithell, Leo., 15 





Jackson, Eliz., 11 ; Thos., 11, 60 
James, Mrs., 114, 123; Mary, 

Jarke, Abdiel, Joel, Nich., 73 
Jenkinson, Thos., 39; Martha, 

Sara, Wm., 120; Hen. 144 
Jennyson, 137; Jane, 143 
Jennyn, Sir Thos., 113 
Johnson, Thos., 2; Rich., 4; 

Thomasine, 54 ; Fran., 72 ; 

Abr., 80 ; Oliv., Edw., 163 ; 

Mr. 110 
Jollie, Thos., 43, 54 
Jon, Jo., 7, 27 
Jones, Geo.; 163 
Jordayne, Mary, 3 
Joyes, Eliz., Jo., 129 


Keale, Hen., 8; Sus., 53 

Kelsey, 122 

Kempe, 54 

Kent, Tim., 163 

Kidd, 155 

Killingworth, Mary, 32 

King, Rich., 118 

Kingerbie, Hen., 131 

Kingston, Isabel, Thos., 72 

Kirke, Luce, Thos., 145 

Kirman, Will., 163 

Knight, Eliz., Jo., 48; DoUy, 

Edw., 53 ; WiU., 153 
Knowles, Hansard^ Zach., 58; 

Vin., 109; Rich., 157 
Kytchen, Eliz., 108 


Lacon, Jo., 24, 77 ; Lion, 77 ; 

Sir Fran., Thos., 88 
Laming, Marg., 38 
Lamley, Luce, 120 
Lampkyne, Agnes, Edw., Hen., 


Laneham, Jo., 5 
Langley, Thos., Will., 54 
Langton, And., Eliz., 15 ; Sir Jo., 

23, 158; Lady, 70; Will., 

Larke, Nich., 137 
Laugh ton, Edw., 131 
Lawe, Will., 137 
Lawne, Thos., 11 
Lawrence, Bart., 11, 35; Leo., 

11; Kath., 163 
Lawson, Will., 155 
Laythrop, Rob., 157 
Leake (Leeke), 26 
Lee, 12 
Lenton, Alice, Johan, 84 ; Allen, 

Leonard, Mr., 53 
Letsbie, WUL, 91 
Leuinston, Mr., 149 
Lincoln, Bp. of, 150 
Lishe, Edm., Jane, Nich., 91 
Littlebury, Troth, 139, 147 
Locton, Eliz., 139 
Lounde, Mr., 49; Helen, 166 
Loveday, Toby, 151 
Lovett, Rich., 13 
Luddington, Ann, 64 
Lumpkin, 94 
Lyme, Jo., Will., 108 
LymiU, 38 

Lymme, Jul., Will., 60 
Lysle, Nich., Thos., 32 

Maddison, Dor., 53; Rich., 131 
Maddoxe (Haddoxe), Jo. 36 
Maltby, Dor., 29 
Manby, Rob., 54 
Mandson, Magd., 51 
Mann, Rich., 157 
Manners, Rog., 28 ; Sir Geo., 162 
Mapletoft, Mr., 104 
Marbury, 7 
Markby, Eliz., Rich., Will., 131 




Markham, Fran., 15; Barb., Chr., 

78; Kath., 108; Theod., 

Marley, Edw., Mandelyne, Thos., 

Marrowe, Edw., Ill ; Mrs., 140 
MarshaU, Mary, Thos., 145; 

Eob., 155 
MartiaU, Jo., 88 
Martyn, Thos., 102 
Mason, 157 ; Steph., 83, 153 
Massingberd, 47, 114, 125; Mr., 

71;Thos., 131, 165; Fran., 

Massy, Rob., 28 
Mawer, Jo., 15 ; Thos., 21 
Maxey, Avisse, Cath., Jo., Marie, 

Rich., 15 ; Rob., 74 
Mellowes, EUz., 114, 126 
Meres, Faith, Lawr., 23; Sir Jo., 

34, 76, 147, 155 ; Rog., 76 
Merry, Rich., 4 
Metcalfe, 82 

Metham, Chas., 20 ; Will., 98 
Middlebrooke, Will., 141 
Middlecot, 81 ; Thos., 46, 47, 

61, 81, 114, 125 
Miers, Hen., Will, 8 
MihiU, Chr., Mary, 143 
Milner, Rob., 9 
Mitiuge, Jo., 155 
Molineux, Jo., 22 
Monkton, Jo., Phil., Will., 154 
Monson, Rob., Sir Thos., 66 ; 

Eliz., 156 
Moodie, Kath., 124; Annes, 134 
More, Alex., 80, 112 ; Ann, 80 
Morecroft, Mrs., Rob., 83 
Morgan, Meredith, 100 
Morley, Jane, Thos., 50 
Morton, Jo., 32 ; Will., 92 
Moryson, Thos., 124 
Moseley, Will., 46 
Moyne, Mr., 60 
Muncaster, Alex., 46 
Muncke, Kath., 20 

Mussendine, Faith, 27 ; Jo., 78; 
Sarah, Thos., 97; Ann., 
Deb., Edw., Eliz., Fran., 
Rich., Will., 110 

Myckethwayte, Magd., 161 


Nayler, Jo., Marg., 17; Eliz., 

Neale, Marg., 109 
Needham, Hum., 58; Ant., Geo., 

Jo., 141 ; Sar., Win., 141, 

142 ; Rich., 157 
Nelson, Hen., 48, 149; Mr., 

110; Ann, 149 
Nevill, Rob., 85 
Newboe, Rob., 13 
Newcome, Thos., 1 6, 38 
Newcomen, Chas., 53, 135, 143 ; 

Joan, Marg., 53; Jo., 110; 

Thos., 135 
Newport, And., 53 
Newstead, Rob., 131 
Newton, Hum., 154 
NichoUs, Jo., 101 
Nicholson, 100 
Norman, Mary, 57 
North, Ann, Arth., Eliz., Jo., 

Thos., 55 ; GUb., 135 
Northan, Edw., 6 
Notley, Thos., 22 
NuttaU, Jo., 160 


Oarsby (Orsby), Mrs., 140; 

Cath., Jane, 164 
Odlinge, Edw., Marie, Rich., 107 
Ogle, Adlard, Cass., Jane, 

Sir Jo., Rob., 46; Sir Rich., 

46, 80; Thos., 46, 112; 

Dr., 152 
Oldfield, Ant., 150 
Orbie, 131 



Onnsby, And., Lucy, 55 

Orson, Nath., 84 

Osgarby, Hen., 156 

Osney, Amb., Eliz., Jas., 72 

Owen, Mr., 157 

Oxlay, Amy, Geo., Marg., 14 


Page, Thos., 17 
Pagett,Wm., 58; Jo., 127 
Pagnam, Mr., 131 
Paine, Sir Rob., 110 
Palfreman, Mr., 63; Nath., 

Rich., 113 
Palmer, Chr., Rob., 74; Jo., 105, 

128; Ant., 120, 128; Ann, 

120; Marie, 128 
Panne, Will., 115 
Parker, Dr., 72, 120 ; Mrs., Jo., 

Parkins, Jo., Ralph, 145 
Paamore, Fran., 20 ; Chr., Jane, 

Patchett, 26 
Paule, Jane, 30 
Peachell, Will., 105 
Peake, Rich., 72 
Pearsall, Rose, 11 
Pearsey, Mr., 90 
Pearson, Jo., 55, 74 ; Mary, 74 
Peckfield, Will., 17 
Pedder, Wm., 55 
Pelham, Lady Ann, 39 ; Sir 

Will., 92, 162 ; Mr., 131 
Pell, Will., 46, 120; Steph., 

101, 125; Jane, 120 
Pereson, Jo., Mary, 124 
Pesse, Jane, Jo., Steph., 21 
Pharam, Rich., 72 
Phesant, Pet., 87 
Philipson, Will., 78 
Phillipps, Steph., 29 ; Jane, 53 
Pickering, Hamlet, 72 
Pighte, Geo., 16 

Pigott, wm., 7 

Pinchbeck, 38 ; Thos., 162 

Pinckney, Fran., 77 

Pindar, Pet., 163 

Pistor, Kath., WiU., 64 

Plumtree, WiU., 27 

Porter, Mrs., 106 

Portington, Mich., 154; Edw., 

Potts, Rob., 78 
Pouncett, £liz., 20 
PoweU, Dan., 93 
Pratt, Chr., 49 
Pregion (Pridgeon), Will., 27 ; 

Fran., 59, 75, 81, 116; 

Mrs., 81 ; Jo., 162 
Prescott, Ann, Jas., 64 
Prestwicke, Nich., 21 
Priest, Jas., 88 
Prime, Jo., 157 
Proctor, Mr., 36 ; Jo., 154 
Purey, Leo., 20, 47 ; Mrs., 32 
Purley, Rob., 23 ; Marg., 74 
PuttriU, wm., 74 


Quadring, Gab., Jo., 64; Wm., 
64, 127; Rose, 139 

Quarles, Jo., 20, 123 ; Fran., 
114, 123; Rog., 114; Chas., 
Jas., 123 

Quincy, 20 


Ragg, Dav., 67, 157 

Randes, Hen., 7, 54; Thos., 7, 

27 ; Chr., 17 
Rankin, Thos., 14 
Rathbeck, Marg., Thos., 53 
Rathbie, Rob., Thos., 2 
Reasby, (Reresby), 92; Gerv., 70 
Redfeme, Jo., 72 
Reynolds, Rob., 155 
Richards, Ann, 114, 125; Walt., 



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Eichardson, Dr., 46 ; Alice, 55 ; 

Pet., 96 j Rich., 107; ThoB., 

Roe, Rog., 90 
Root, Mr., 150 
Roper, Lady, 44 
RoBse, Joau, 137 
RothweU, Rich.. WilL, 108 
Rowleston, Thos., 48 
Ruckley, Kath., 27 
Rutland, Earl of, 6 ; Fran., Earl 

of, 162 


Saltmaishe, 141 ; Will., 147 

SaltoDstall, Mark, 48 

SampoU (St. Paul), Sir Geo., 15, 

• 76, 158 
Samson, Val, 61 
Sandall, Will,, 76 
Sandon, Amb., 1 ; Jo., 121 
Saunderson, Sir Nich., 18, 23 ; 

Lady, 23 ; Will., 72 ; Cses., 

Sawell, Alice, 49 
Scarborough, Edw., 36 
Schelton, Marg., 57 
Scortreth, Fran., Mr., 133; Rob., 

Sea, Jud.,Thos., 117; Rob., 157 
Searsby, Eliz , 73 
Searson, Will., 15 
Sharpe, Isabel, 50 
Sheffield, Sir Jo., Lady, Tryph., 

Lord, 39 
Shepard, 156 
Shepherd, Magd., 107 
Sherard, Eliz., 60, 108, 141; 

Rob., 60, 141 ; Hel., Sus., 

60 ; Dor., Jo., Sim., Sir 

Will.. 141 ; Edm., 156 
Sherwin, Gilb., 120 
Sherwood, Cuth., Will., 99 
Short, Will., 165 
Shuttleworth, Edm., 27 

Sibsey, Eliz., Rich., 74 

Simcotts, Will, 15, 110 

Simon, Jo., 57 

Sisson, Ann, 39 

Skegnes, Edw., 128 

Skelton, Fran., Jane, 55 

Skepper, Edw., 5, 32 ; Eliz., 5 
Mrs., Will., 32 

Skinner, Hen., 55, 71 ; Jo., 55 
Ant., 143 

Skipwith, Edw., 26, 34, 58, 95 
Mr., 31 ; Lyon, 38 ; Ehz. 
Mary, 58; Fran., 64; Trist. 
Will, 143 

Skrunby, Alice, 35 

Slater, Will., 159 

Sleight, Mathie, 49 

Smith (Smythe), Mary, 23 
Ruthe, 36; Jasp., Pet., Vin. 
53; Rich., 109, 110, 120 
147, 153; Rob., 37, 110 
153; Mich., 58; Thos., 60 
Jo., 73; Heneage, 87; And. 
88; Trist., 119; Hen., 120 
Chr., 135 ; Mr., 157 

Sneath, Agn., 102 

Somerscales, Eliz., 117 

Soolie, Jo., 115 

Sparrow, Will., 7 

Spencer, Mich., 157 

Spicer, Dor., Jo., 101 

Spooner, Geo., 163 

Squire, Marg., 100 

Stafiorde, Rob., 155 ; Ann, 163 

Stallon, Fran., 105 

Stampe, Martha, 158 

Standish, 127 

Stanley, 115 

Stanninough, Lawr., 77 

Stanton, Dr., 90 

Steille, Geo., 58 

Stevenson (Stephenson), Will., 
31 ; Mrs., 32, 137 ; Ant., 
46; Jo., 58, 63; Eliz., 
Jas., 58 ; HeL, 132 

Stokes, Matth., Ill 



Stokham, Mary, 3 

Stone, Rob., 68 

Sto (Stowe), Eliz., 125 ; Thos., 

125, 158 
Storre, Thos., 131 
StoutoD, Mr., 131 
Sudburie, Row!., 126 
Suffolk, Earl of, 100, 118 
Sutton, Ham., 38, 76 ; Jud,, 38 ; 

Rob., Will., 88, 94 
Swafield, 87 
Swift, Cicely, 73 
Symney, Will, 22 
Sympson, Mrs., 3 


Talbott, Brian, 161 

Tanzey, Theod., 71 

Tavemer, Rich., 149 

Taylor, Rob., 75; Edw., 94; 

Jo., 114; Wm., 125, 154 
Temes, Will., 17 
Thewe, Rich., Ruth, 30 ; Will., 

Thimbleby, Thos., 78; Will., 107 
Thompson (Tompson), Rob., 34; 

Nich., 125 ; Jo., 163 
Thomdike, Marg., Will., Herb., 

Sarah, 53 
Thorey, Leo., 67 ; Will., 97, 128 
Thorold, Ant., 7; Eliz., 7, 99; 

Will., 7, 112, 156; Alex., 

Geo., Thos., 81 ; Ann, Jos., 

Dan., Nath., 99 ; Jo., 81, 

99; Martha, 112 
Thorpe, Eliz., 17 ; Rob., 45, 119 ; 

Jo., Rich., 51 ; Fran., 100, 

119 ; Lawr., 100 
Thurgeland, Geo., Jo., 99 
Tighe, Alice, Thos., 80 
Tirkington, Eliz., Thos., 109 
Tirrington, Eliz., 120 
Tirwhit (Tyrwhit, Turwhitt), 

Rob., 7, 42; Fran., 11, 26; 

Sir Phil., 22, 44 ; Lady, 23, 

44 ; Lady Martha, 22 ; Sir 

Edw., 145; Thos., 162 

Todd, Chr., 123 

Tokin, Mary, 120 

Tooley,Ann, 108 

Toothby (Towthby), Rich., 40 

Townende, Edw., 156 . 

Townerawe, Raphe, 8 ; Geo., 

Mrs., 53 
Townesende, Leo., 105 
Tredway, Alice, 145 
Trigge, Eliz., 65 
Trowlopp (TroUope), Jo., 161 
Tryppe, Thos., 154 
Tumin, Ann, 157 
Tuckney, Mr., 14 
Turner, Jane, 100 
Tupholme, 109; Jo., 113 
Turpyn, Walt., 120 
Twell, Thos., 72 


Underwood, Will., 152 
Upton, Dor., Ham., Val., 23 


Vavasour, 74 
Veale, Rob., 74 
Vicars, Thos., 52 
Vincent, Jo., 141, 142 


Wadeson, Greg., 162 

Waire, Chr., 77 

Walcott, Rog., 46 

Walker, Nich., Ill ; Paul, 1 39 ; 

Ann, 145 
WaUesbie, 104 
Wallis, Jas., Jo., 3 
Walmesley, Jo., 77 
Ward, Jo., 5, 88; Dor., 5 
Warner, Han., Jo., 123 
Washbourne, 113 
Waterhouse, 81 ; Mr., 23 
Waters, Reg., 80 



WatertoD, 74 

Watson, Marg., 77 

Webster, Rob., 17 

Welby, Sir Will, 112; OUve, 

Wells, Geo., 76 
Wentworth, Chr., Fran., Mart., 

wm., 79 

Wesselhead, WilL, 110 

West, Marg., Thomasine, 55 ; 

Jo., 78, 163 
Whalley, Mr., 2 
Wharf, Jane, 62, 137 ; Jo., Pet., 

Whichcote, Sir Ham, 22, 75, 

116, 140; Josh., 75, 140, 

145; Ann, 140, 145; Mary, 

75, 140; Hel, Millicent, 

Thos., 140 
Whitfield, Ann, 111 
Whiting, Geo., 68 
Whitt, Marg., 32 
Whittingham, 20, 151 
Whittington, 18 
Whitworth, Rich., Will., 73 
Wilbore, Jo., 85 
Wilby,Will., 112, 123 
Wild, 165 
Wilkes, Will., 106 
Wilkinson, Mr., Ill ; Jas., 125 
Willan, Edw., 113 
WiUerton, WiU., 100 
Williams, Mrs., Rich., 3 
WUHe, Rich., 17 
WiUimatt, Mr., 100 
Willoughby, Lord, 34, 64, 162 ; 

Amb., 162 

Wilson, 38; Ann, 73; Eliz,, 

94; Rob., 99; Will., 165 
Wilye, Will., 131 
Winter, .Geo., 77 
Witt, Rich., 10 
Witton, Eliz., 60; Thos., 60, 

108; Tab., 108; Heneage, 

Marg., 137 
Wolby ( Woolby), Ann, 64, 124; 

Fran., 64; Thos., 68, 124; 

Hel., Josias, Rich., Will., 

124 ; Rob, 131 
Wolfindale, Jo., 117 
Wolmer, Greg., Rob., Will., 115 
Wolriche, Nich., 28 
Wood, Eliz., 73 ; Mrs., 140 
WooU, Mr., 114 
Wrag, Dav., 119 
Wray, Ann, Faith, Jerome, 33 
Wright, Sus., 2, 73 ; Thos., 73 ; 

Mr., 114; Mrs., 167 
Wynge, Rob., 84, 102 


Yarborough (Yerbrough), Chas., 
55, IIQ; Bridg., Magd., 
Sar,, WiU., 55 ; Fran., 76 ; 
Jo., Olive, 110 

Yater, Alice, Geo., 15 

Yonge, Amb., Maiy, Rich., 159 

Yorke, Paul, 76 


Zinzane, Ann, 83 



(N.B. — This Index only includes the places named in the 

numbered Wills). 


Addlethorpe, 31, 33, 128 
Ailby, 40 

Alford, 64, 97, 133 
Algarkirk, 45, 122, 125 
Allington, 13 
Alvingham, 110 
Anderby, 23, 97, 120 
An wick, 140 
Asfordby, 131 
Aflgarby, 12 
Ashby-by-Grimsby, 17 

- de-la-Launde, 118, 156 

Pueiorum, 70, 139 

Ashton, 68 
Asterby, 18 

Aubourn (Awburgh), 34 
Audby, 119 
Authorpe, 120 
Axholme, Isle of, 76 


Badgeley (Baddesley) Clinton, 

Bag Enderby, 92 
Bamburgh (Baumber), 120 
Bardney, 162 
Barrow, 27, 39 
Barton, 39 

Bassingham, 141, 142 
Bassingthorpe, 56 
Baumber, 17 
Bedford, 154 
Bednam, 154 
Beelsby, 129 

Beesby, 104 

Beesthorpe, 82 

Belchford, 131 

Belchworth, 120 

Belleau, 139 

Belton, 76 

Benington, 120 

Benniworth, 23, 95, 158 

Berwick, 17 

Bicker, 20, 112, 118 

Bilsby, 131 

Binbrooke, 129, 160, 161 

Bingley, 135 

Biscathorpe, 29, 58, 95, 152, 163 

Bitchfield, 150 

Blankney, 49, 73, 140, 145 

Blyborough; 52 

Bolingbroke, 99, 109 

Boothby, 60, 81 

Boston, 5, 20, 23, 24, 31, 45, 46, 
47, 49, 63, 73, 112, 114, 
120, 123, 125, 159 

Botolph's, St., 53 

Boughton, 99, 139, 140 

Bourn, 63 

Bracken End, 34 

Bratoft, 15, 55, 74, 131, 134, 

Brough, St. Peter (Peterborough), 

Broughton, 108 

BucMnghamshire, 154 

Bucknall, 34, 162 

BuUington, 20, 98 

Burgh-le-Marsh, 16, 66, 68, 74, 
120, 124 



Bamham, 39 
Burnthorpe, 81 
Burton, 17 

Pedwardine, 75 

Butterwick, East, 52 


Caistor, 110 
Caius CoU., Ill 
Cambridge, 46, 73, 111 
Cameringham, 42 
Candlesby, 97 
Canwick, 7 
Carlton, 62, 120 

Great, 38 

Scroop, 106 

Cailton-le-Moorland, 94 
Cassop, 111 
Casterton, Little^ 80 
Castor, 90 
CaviU, 154 
Cawthorpe, 82 
Chapel, Mumby, 77, 131 
Cherry Willingham, 7 
Christ's CoU., 66 
Claxby Pluckacre, 51 
Clee, 38, 157, 165 
Cleethorpes, 26, 107, 166 
Coates, Great, 107 

North, 107 

Cockerington, 15, 144 
Cocking, 88 
Colegarth, 74 
Coningsby, 120 
Conisholm, 38, 143 
Corringham, 140 
Coventry, 64 
Cowbit, 150 
Croft, 74 
Cumberworth, 81 


Dedham, 17 
Deeping St. James, 80 
Dembleby, 25 
Denham, 8 

Denton. 3, 16, 84, 102 
Digby, 115, 155 
Doddington, 27 
Donington, 20 

on-Bain, 95, 163 

in-HolIand, 112 

Dorrington (Dirrington), 115 
Driby, 64, 164 
Dunston, 49, 75 
Durham, 111 


Earby (Irby), 97 
Easington, 164 
Edlington, 73 
Egleton, 151 
Elsham (Elsom), 64 
Enderby, Bag, 92 
Ettinges, 74 
Eversham Place, 46 

Faldingworth, 120 

Famham, 38 

Fillingham, 18, 23 

Fishtoft, 91, 125 

Fledborough, 42 

Fleet, 36 

Folkingham, 149 

Fotherby, 78 

Frampton, 20, 45, 46 

Freckingham (Threckingham), 

Friskney, 5, 74, 120 
FuUetby, 120 
Fulstow, 107 
Fulstrop, 21 




Gate Barton, 162 
Gautby, 60, 108, 162 
Gayton, 21, 122, 135 

le-Wold, 58 

Gedney, 112 

Germany, 18 

Girsby, 44 

Godwins, 98 

Goltho, 82 

Gonville (Caius) Coll., Ill 

Goodmores, 46 

Grosberkirk (Gosberton), 4, 20, 

Goulceby, 163 
GousUl (GoxhiU), 39, 154 
Grainsby, 107 

Grainthorpe (Gamthorpe), 44 
Grantham, 3, 16, 36, 56, 73, 

102, 106, 111, 140, 145 
Grebby, 91 
Greetham, 17 
Grimsby, 26, 38, 67, 97, 117, 

119, 157, 165 


Haceby, 25, 149 
Hagnaby, 2, 135, 164 
Hagworthingham, 71, 92, 139 
Haldingham, 99 
Hale, Great, 12, 50, 75 

Little, 75 

Hallgates, 46 
Halstead, 73 
Halton, East, 154 

Holgate, 120, 121, 132 

Hambleton, 151 

Hameringham, 70 

Hannah, 2, 135 

Hanworth, 27 

Hareby, 109 

Harmston, 141, 142 

Hatton, 17, 87, 137, 156 

Haverholme, 140 

Healing, 129 

Heckington, 12, 28, 38, 50, 75 

Helpringham, 75, 149 

Hemingby, 29 

Hogsthorpe, 30, 33, 81 

Holdemess, 154 

Holland, 20, 22 

Holton, 107 

Honington, 105 

HorbUng, 25, 114 

Homcastle, 53, 69, 92, 95. 96, 

109, 113, 124 
Horsington, 73 
Hough, 7, 145 

on-the-hill, 59 

Hougham, 48, 140, 149 
Houghton, 106 
Howden, 154 
Howell, 12 
Howsham, 129 
HuU, 7, 157 
Humberston, 26, 58, 157 
Hungerton, 84 
Huntingfield, 20 
Huttoft, 131 


Immanuel Coll., 36 
Ingoldmells, 23, 31, 33, 97 
Irby (Earby), 97 

John's, St., Coll., 56 


Keal, East, 11, 33, 35 

West, 99 

Kegworth, 73 
Kelsey Sth., 82 
Ketsby, 34 
Kettleby, 7 
Kexby, 162 
Killingholme, 154 
Kirkby, East, 24, 113 



Kirmond, 41, 160. 161 
Kirton, 14, 20, 46, 70, 125, 147, 

Holme, 48 

Knaith, 34, 162 
Kyme, 101 

Nth., 50, 125 

Sth., 115 


Laceby, 78 

Lancashire, 68 

Landen Grange, 154 

Langton, 128, 139 

Langton-by-Wragby, 54, 86, 156 

Laughton, West, 89 

Leadenham, 126 

Leake, 120 

Leasingham, 37, 155 

Legboum, 135 

Legsby, 72 

Leicester, 73 

Leverton, 5, 120 

Lilie (Lilling), 99 

Lincoln, Bail, 111 

Cathedral, 12, 20, 21, 

23, 27, 30, 40, 49, 56, 57, 
70, 74, 82, 100, 110, 111, 
115, 120, 128, 129, 131, 
132, 146, 163 

City, 7, 9, 19, 34, 39, 

41, 43, 44, 46, 53, 66, 73, 
86, 107, 120, 131, 147, 
149, 153, 157 
Close, 9, 120 

Lin wood, 152 

London, 10, 17, 55, 85, 103, 

111, 115, 144 
Loppingthorpe (Lobthorpe), 34 
Loughborough, 73 
Louth, 10, 18, 38, 40, 55, 87, 

Ludborough, 107 
Ludford, Great, 41 
Lusby, 62, 99 
Lynn, 36 


Mablethorpe, 21, 23, 51, 53, 139, 

Maltby, 104, 158 
Manby, 108 
Manton, 93 

Mareham, 52, 69, 96, 120 
Marston, 140, 146 
Marton, 155 
Melton Mowbray, 73 
Messingham, 52 
Metheringham, 49, 73 
Middleton, 88 
Miningsby, 119 
Minting, 17, 162 
Moorby, 8 

Morton, 99, 141, 149 
Moulton, 36, 80, 103, 150 
Mumby, 43, 131, 139 

Chapel, 77,131 

Muncke's Hall, 20 
Myinms, North, 93 


Nassington, 147 
Navenby, 141, 142 
Newark-on-Trent, 60, 115, 141, 

Newbell, 30 
Newton, 149 
Norfolk, 103, 127 
Normanton, 105 
Northamptonshire, 90, 147 
Northolme, 127 
Nottingham, 41 
Nottinghamshire, 88, 166 ] 


Orby, 31, 71, 74 
Ormsby, Nun, 65 
Owmby, 17 
Oxcomb, 92 
Oxford, 20, 73, 88 





Panton, 1, 54, 156 

Parham, 162 

Partney, 128 

Peterborough, 80 

Peterhouse, 46 

Peter *s in Eastgate, St., 44 

Pickworth, 149 

Pinchbeck, 46, 120, 150, 159 

Ponton, Little, 59 

Potterhanworth, 98 


Eaithby, 71 

Randall (Eavendale), 78, 79 
Rauceby, Little, 115 
Roughton, 12 
Rowston, 6, 155 
Eozholm, 60 

Ruskington, 100, 115, 118 
Rutland, 151 


Salmonby, 155 

Saltfleetby, 43, 44, 53, 78, 99, 

130, 138, 143, 146, 164 
Saltfleet Haven, 23 
Sausthorpe, 139 
Scarborough, 107 
Scartho, 38, 78 
Scothome, 72 
Scremby, 91 

Sedgebrook (Sydebrooke), 13, 22 
Sibsey, 120 
Silton, Nether, 77 
Sirethorpe, 74 
Skefiaing, 154 
Skegness, 55 
Skendleby, 139 
Skidbrook, 23, 77, 158 
SkiUington, 111 
Sleaford, 99, 100, 140, 151 
Sloothby, 81, 135 
Snitterby, 52 

Somercotes, North, 109 

South, 38, 77 

Somersby, 70 

Somerton Castle, 141 

Sotby, 122, 127 

Southwell, 54, 88 

Southwold, 8 

Southrey, 162 

Spalding, 28, 150, 159 

Spilsby, 71, 143 

Spittlecross, 101 

Staine, 21, 23 

Stainton-by-Lang worth, 72 

Stallingborough, 82 

Stamford, 46, 80, 151 

Steeping, 120 

Stenigot, 10, 18 

Stewkeley, Little, 6 

Stewton, 55 

Stickney, 113 

Stix would, 73 

Stowe, 162 

Stragglethorpe, 88 

Strozton, 106 

Strubby, 156 

Sturton, Little, 17, 120 

Suffolk, 8, 17, 98, 113 

Surfleet, 37 

Sussex, 88 

Sutterby, 43 

Sutterton, 20, 47, 89, 101, 103, 

114, 125 
Sutton, 131 

Swaby, 17, 62, 63, 104 
Swineshead, 14, 45, 46, 48, 57, 

Swinhope (Swinnoppe), 157 


Tallington, 90 
Tattershall, 120 
Tetford, 104 
Tetney, 107 

Theddlethorpe, 120, 121 
Thimbleby, 43 
Thoresby, 107 




Thoresby, North, 104 
Thoresway, 117 
Thornton, 39, 62, 164 

le-Moor, 82 

Thorpe, 23, 74, 120, 134, 154 

Threckingham, 149 

Thurlby, 90, 97 

Titton, 46 

Toft, 82 

Toynton, Lower, 120, 148 

Upper, 120 

Trusthorpe, 146 
Tumby, 52 
Twigmore, 93 


XJffington, 90 
Ufford, 123, 161 
Ulceby, 39 
Upton, 162 


Waddington, 116 
Waddingworth, 73 
Wainfleet, 23, 74, 120 
Waith, 107 
Walcott, 48, 149, 156 
Walkeringham, 3 
Walmsgate, 136 
Walpole, 103 
Waltham, 78, 97, 107 
Wapping, 111 
Warwickshire, 151 

Waahingborough, 38, 76, 80, 86, 

Weelsby, 38, 167 
Wellingore, 102 
Welton, 139 

by-Louth, 44 

Westborough, 140, 146 

Westby, 74 

Weston, 28, 160 

Wickenby, 87 

Wicks (Wykes) Mauor, 20 

Wigtoft, 67, 126 

Willingham, Cherry, 7 

Willoughby, 44 

Winceby, 70 

Winthorpe, 66 

Wisbeach, 23 

Wispington, 29 

Witham, South, 34 

Withern (Wethern), 21, 143, 

Wolley, 17 
WoodhaU, 34 
Wragby, 166 
Wrangle, 5, 63, 120 
Wyberton, 108, 122 
Wykeham, East, 44 
Wyville, 84 


York, 23 

Yorkshire, 38, 136, 164 
Yarborough, 110 
Yawthorpe, 52 

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